November 21, 2009
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On Polys Georgiadis’ case

2009 Νοεμβρίου 6

by Πρακτορείο Rioters

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Polykarpos (Polys) Georgiadis (on the left in the photo) is a comrade currently found in Korydallos’ prison, for allegedly participating in a kidnap organized by V. Paleokostas, a Greek outlaw, probably known for his escaping twice from Korydallos prison with a helicopter. Polys is also active in the revolutionary movement, publicing a zine in Greek called “Asymmetrical Threat”, and other publications concerning mainly the matters of working class history, the question of work, illegalism and urban sabotage. There will be an effort to translate some of his works in english sometime in the near future, on this site. Vaggelis H. (on the right in the photo) is another comrade also accused under the same allegations and kept in pre-trial imprisonment. Here we are going to provide some information mainly on Polys, since it is Vaggelis’ choice not to be part of a discussion in any media.

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Following is a brief report on our comrades’ case fro ABC Salonica:

On 20th of august 4 people got arrested in Greece on the accusation kidnapping with a large ransom being paid. The people arrested are Polikarpos Georgiadis, Vasilis Palaiokostas, Vagelis Hrisohoides and one other, of whom the rest of the group has taken distance from because of his behaviour. On the 21st 4 other people got arrested for also playing a smaller role in the kidnapping. The person being kidnapped some months ago concerns the president of the union for heavy industry owners (employers syndicate) Georgos Mylonas, who not long ago caused some fuss over his sayings about working harder and longer in the factories. He was released after sum of 10 million euro’s was paid, arranged by his wife. Media and police claim this money was meant for freeing Vasilis’ brother from prison; Nikos Palaiokostas. Pictures in the bourgeois press show the large variety of ammunition, Kalashnikovs, an RPG, explosive devices, bulletproof vests and fire brigade uniforms that were found at the arrest. Stories of the amount of money being found back change every day. Police says that a big part of the coupons were marked and at about 150 different places they found them back.

The history and traditions of Vagelis, Vasilis and Polikarpos in this case, but also of many other strikes against the exploitation and slavery of people, is important for the context of this kidnapping and social rebellion in general reality. Polikarpos and Vagelis are dear comrades in the anarchist scene since many years and have been very active. Polikarpos was sent to prison before on the 16th of April 2004, accused for attempted arson with an ignitable device against the vehicle of a private security company. The police tried to charge him with attempted arson and the possession of explosive devices, but could not proof anything. He stayed in pre-detention for one year and was found guilty anyway. He got out for having served already the one year prison sentence he finally got. During his time in prison he got to know Vasilis Palaiokostas. The bourgeois media accused him a the time of being a bank robber as well, and from this point of view it fits them well to claim these days that Vasilis had “selected Polikarpos for a conspiracy in setting his brother, Nikos, free from prison”. These two brothers are well known “legends” in the country for decades.

Since the fall of the Ottoman empire in 1821 Greece knows a very popular and great tradition of social and class robberies, as a respond to poverty and exploitation. These people would take back the money of the rich, the authorities, the exploiters, and usually hide in villages, with the help of the people; they would refuse to help the police and protect them from the authorities. The rebels always had strong connections with the people and provided for their communities for instance in forms of financial support for education, medication and protection on their turn from the police. In this reality, the two brothers Vasilis and Nikos, and still many others, who grew up in a very poor family, couldn’t take any longer the exploitation and slavery of themselves as well as of the people around them in this society, and thus have been living their lives as social rebels for the last 30 years. They made tens of bank robberies, car thefts and escapes from prison, but never had fancy clothes, drove expensive cars or lived in luxury houses. Indeed have once thrown the money back on the floor of the bank, because that little amount wasn’t what they needed. Everything was always send to where it was needed and shared with the people who protected them, hided them and still won’t say a word to the police about their comrades. During all these years they’ve been underground, while being traced by the police from time to time as well, either resulting in a successful escape by stolen cars, or unfortunate prison time. Always escaped from it however, with the loving and spectacular help of the other brother.

Throughout the 80’s they did many robberies, until Nikos ended up in prison in 1988, but was released from it by his brother only a few days later, by throwing a rope over the wall of the prison outside. Two years later, in February 1990 he was arrested again. One month later Vasilis was unluckily caught with a friend, while trying to rescue his brother. This was supposedly the first time they were both in prison at the same time. In December 1990 though, Nikos escapes from Korydallos prison in Athens after a huge uprising in the prison, cops have then been looking for him for the next 16 years, until they caught him by accident when he was in a car crash in 2006. He has not been out ever since. In 1991 Vasilis manages to escape from Halkida prison. In 1992 he robs a bank. In 1995 they rob a bank together in Athens. In December 1995 they’re being accused of having kidnapped the president of a “halvas” factory, Haitoglou. They supposedly let him go after four days and 750.000 euro’s ransom. The minister of public order send out a warrant, on tv, radio and posters, with their picture and a reward of also exactly 750.000 euro’s. In 1996 Vasilis was traced by the cops in Korfu, but managed to escape from them by taking a car. Two years later the same situation appeared in Yanitsa, and again in May 1999. In 2003 Nikos makes a spectacular escape with a helicopter. In 2006 Nikos robbed a bank in Veria by bicycle and got away because the masses of police out there were completely preoccupied with the protection president visiting the streets of Veria
at that very moment. In September of that year he had the car accident and got locked up again after many years of living on the run and in hiding.

The police found out about the identity and whereabouts of the group because the fourth men, was spending large sums of cash money on luxury cars in Crete. Also because Georgos Mylonas had stated to the police that during his kidnapping he had heard airplanes flying over very frequently. With the arrest of the man in Crete they found out he rented a house in Souroti, a quiet area near Thessaloniki, close to the airport. Police claims that with 14 special force cops, and 10 civil cops (it’s very likely there were way more), they surrounded the house in Souroti. Both Vasilis and Polikarpos were arrested there, where they had also kept Mylonas and the artillery.

On the 22nd of August they’ve all been brought to the prosecutor, who gave them 3 days to prepare the defense, and will decide over the continuing of their pre-trial detention. they face 9 charges (3 felonies, 6 misdemeanors). After the trial he was dragged by two big elite troop cops to the press, eager to take a picture of Greece’s most wanted, and proudly showed them what they caught; the nightmare of every system that imposes law, control and punishment on the people.

Today on the 25th of august Vasilis Palaiokostas was brought to pre-trial court, where where was decided he will go to prison indeed until the real trial.
About 25 solidarious people had gathered around the court house between 9:30 and 10:00 to show their warm feelings to Palaiokostas and their anger against the system he has been sabotaging so fierce and rebellious for the last decades, but has now captured him for to burry in their rotten dungeons.
He defended himself, even though a lawyer was there for him, but not present in the courtroom.
after about 3 hours he was taken out through the back entrance, with lost of ‘Ekami’ (special elite forces) around him and bourgeois press jumping on him. The people in solidarity couldn’t come any closer then about 200 m. due to an aggressive line up from different kinds of police, but shouted many slogans, which he certainly must have heard.
Someof these slogans (translated):

-”Cops, Pigs, Murderers!”
-”The passion for freedom is stronger then all prisons!”
-”Politicians, Industrialists, Kapitalistst; Hangings and kidnaps are coming!”
-”Hate, Hate, Hate, Class-hate,
Kicks and punches to every employer!”


Until now, nothing is known what was said in the court by either Palaiokostas, or the judges.
We will be back tomorrow morning for the trial of Vagelis and Polikarpos.

-Freedom lives when the state dies-

1st letter from Polys:

DID ANYBODY TALK ABOUT KIDNAPPING?

“The proletariat of the industrial countries has completely lost the affirmation of its autonomous perspective and also, in the last analysis, its illusions, but not its being. It has not been suppressed. It remains irreducibly in existence within the intensified alienation of modern capitalism: it is the immense majority of workers who have lost all power over the use of their lives and who,once they know this,redefine themselves as the proletariat, as negation at work within this society”.
Guy Debord

Since the nineties different people who’ve expressed themselves about postmodern typology wearing a different mask every time (sometimes of the neo-liberal, sometimes of the “middle political scene”, sometimes of the social democrats, sometimes of the ideologists of tepidity and confused multi cultural neo-leftism that mixes everything up, and sometimes the mask of the “anti authoritarian” new-hippie lifestyle ) ruminate/brag about the ideology of the end of history: there is no more proletariat, there is no class war, we can at last without fear head towards the Paradise of Market, where honey and milk flow abundantly. And hamburgers and ketchup too…

Unfortunately for the apologists of legality, the facts are stubborn: a handful of capitalists has organized a criminal gang and kidnapped proletarians demanding for ransoms, their working power, the commercialization of human activity, their time (that transforms into money), even their whole existence. Wage slavery is a permanent crime against human dignity. It’s not just because of the usual ‘casualties’ of work “accidents” of class war. It’s not just because of the dead, wounded and amputated people of the work “accidents”, but also because of the diseases related to the working environment and space. It’s not just because of the strawberry fields, that show us we’ve never escaped the time of slavery. It’s not just because of the sacrificed workers (locals and immigrants, “expensive and cheap” labor hands) at the altar of every “American dream” or “Greek miracle”.
It is the existence itself of waged work that constitutes the permanent crime! And the criminals, the kidnappers and the blackmailers are all the Mylonas. Even if the rats of the media present the leader of thieves Mylonas (the boss of the gang for common thieves of the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece) as an “innocent” victim, as a misunderstood neo-liberal Christian child, as a pain resistant worker, who efforts night and day for the common good.
As for the illusionist tricks that different vampires like Mylonas invent to show their “human face” (for example green capitalism, socialised industry, etc.), only one thing can be said:

SATIRE HAS ITS LIMITS…

Mylonas is no more than the brain of a gang of exploiters. Like all capitalists he too is a parasite: a weight on earth and an obstacle for winds.
So the Mylonas couple should stop pretending raped virgins .

“O gentlemen, the time of life is short! …
And if we live, we live to tread on kings”
W. Shakespeare

The first duty of the proletariat is the conscienceness of itself, of its position and its role. The conscience of being a prostitute in the hands of a capitalist, of producing wealth for the bosses and misery for itself.
The conscienceness on the other hand that produces the whole material life of society. That it is nothing but CAN BE EVERYTHING.
The second duty of the proletariat is the denial of its imposed role, the denial of work, the denial of alienation.
The third duty of the proletariat which arises naturally from the first duties, is the revolutionary action for it’s own suppression.
Only the subjects can ignite the objective conditions and cause the revolutionary explosion for the destruction of the authoritarian/class society.

From: ‘The art of war’, 6th issue of “Asymmetric threat” (under publication…)

Unfortunately in the wild west of capitalism the proletarians lullaby with trash eating over consumerism. Life has involved into a necrophilic survival between cages of cement, cars, billboards, surveillance cameras and cops. The route of survival is assigned: from one concentration camp to another. From school to university, from army to wage slavery. And there the proletarian crosses the same streets of alienation as the night walker: work, home, shopping mall, work. From production to consumption…
Behind the iron curtain of virtual prosperity and spectacular misery lies an unadmitted truth: the miracle of the west walks over corpses. Not only of those in the third world (either way this constant exploitation is the most gigantic crime of human history), but also of those in the third world on the west.
Behind a glance of being high on consumption hides the rot of a slaughtering civilization. But from inside this rot one
possibility springs up. A possibility that not even the think tanks of the existent system, not even the bureaucratic certainties of Bolshevism, not even the paleolithic determinism of ideologies can repress: the social entropy, the revolution, the constant struggle for the destruction of the state, of private property and of waged work.
Comrades! Life is short. If we live, we live to step on the heads of bosses and their slaves.

For anarchy and communism!

P.S.1 As in the past also now, in my public speech I will not speak about issues of the penal code. Moreover “innocence” and “guiltiness” are fake distinctions that concern only the legal armory of the state.
The only thing that I want to say about the case, is that I was and I am in solidarity, as anarchist as well as a friend, to an illegal and haunted man, Vasilis Paleokostas. From there on, my speech will be a continuity of my pre-arrest placement and not a whine for “innocence”.

P.S.2 Economical and legal support is good. So are wishes for freedom, but the strongest form of solidarity is the continuation of revolutionary action.
Freedom to the comrades G. Dimitrakis, G. Voutsis-Vougiatsis and V. Botzatzis.
Freedom for the revolutionaries of the revolutionary organisation 17th of November.
Solidarity to the 6 wanted comrades.

-Revolution first and always-

Polikarpos Georgiadis,
Prisons of Ioannina,

01/09/2008

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2nd letter from Polys:

Public declaration of repentance. Before the venerable Minister of Justice

“Therefore repent; or else I am coming to thee quickly, and I will make war upon them with the sword of My mouth”
Apocalypse of John

“and where the market-place beginneth, there beginneth also the noise of the great actors and the buzzing of the poison-flies”
Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche

Your Illustrious Highness

Watching at the Holiest Temple of Television the magestic Hymns and psalmodies of the Spectacle (also known to the untutored mob as “commercials”), at long last as a new apostle of the 21rst century Saul, I was touched by the divine afflatus of the Market’s Holy spirit! A mirthful light encamped the threshold of my soul and dissolved the darkness of Evil (it is no coincidence Satan is a red devil. He is just a commie!)
Amen I tell thee, I gazed at the Truth ecstatically and cried out loud: It’s a miracle! and it’s a Progress! It’s two in one!

And the vision of the Spectacle was revealed upon me! Blessed be the one reading and listening to the Logos of the Holly Merchandise: The cows may herd joyously to provide us their milk. The pigs cheerful may become nutritious hamburgers. The chicken blessed and laughing take part in the sacrament of baptism, and their name be Mimikos* . Bankers and loanees embraces in ecstacy one another and walk as brothers towards the kingdom of Heavens and the Holly Casserole. Industrialists, ship-owners, corporation buisnessmen with their bodies meagre of their ascetic lives, compete in who will first save the nature, the animals, the forest, the environment. Sparkling water showers the children of Africa. Now they are thirsty only for knowledge! Thank you, O company!

I thrill of emotion in the face of this emulation spirit. I cry whan facing the winged menstrual pad working arduously for a happy womens period. It moves me to tears when I see my favorite soft drink offering me a harem for my sexual consumption. What a brave lawful (and consequently moral) world. I cry with tearful cries that I got wrong all these tireless men of burden (that’s because of burden O minister, don’t let my virtuous intentions be misunderstood…) to worry for the good of us and our fellow humans. So, profit and social responsibility come together as our decent and humble** primeminister said, and also all these simple-hearted activists of neo-liberalism as Daskalopoulos and Mylonas***.

Thus I, my precious Minister, from now on negate in detestation the Anarcho-communist-bankrobber-gangsterism and all its ramifications as holding back Progress. So, I deliver my tin-cans to the situs authorities and I pledge allegiance to our blessed Authority, our kind State and the priesthood of the Holly Merchandise and sacred Labor. I repent bitterly and whip myself with my favorite telemarketing product, in order to purify my poor carcass. And feel now ready to serve Capitalism and our lovely little God, as a simple and humble monk.

For this reason, I claim the exceptional honor to adress Your Excellency and pray eagerly, that it would be within your pleasure to transfer me to the holy monastery of Vatopedi****, to serve as a servant of God the rest of my time. And I shall pray night and day for You and the salvation of your soul:
“Honor and patience to all Authority, even the wrong Authority. This is what a quiet sleep requires…I will always believe the better shephard is the one leading his sheep to the greenest fields: This is what suits best a quiet sleep”

I beg Your Excellency and fiercely wish for health and longevity in the glorious Right of the Lord. May Jahve, Agoraeus Hermes, and Panagia Deksia*****, illume you and your voters. Your slave and servant, now and forever till the end of time.

Polykarpos Georgiadis
Ioannina Prisons
September 2008

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Translator’s notes:

* Mimikos is a greek poultry and frozen food company
** The primeminister K. Karamanlis often describes his government in these words
*** G. Mylonas is the president of Alumil industries and Northern Greece’s Industrialists ex-president. His industry seems to be proud to be funding a NGO promoting a green-capitalist culture, such as Al Gore’s work. G. Mylonas was kidnapped with a large ransom during the summer, and the police seized our comrade Polys Georgiadis, Vassilis Paleokostas (a convicted bank-robber, long term prisoner in struggle, prison escapee, fugitive, etc), Vaggelis Hrisohoidis, also a radical from Thessaloniki, and Giorgos Haralambidis, a long term prisoner for bank robberies, accused for taking part in the kidnap.
**** Latest TV reports repeat what most people in Greece know, that Vatopedi as most monasteries is an intermediate for real estate business, claiming public land or small properties to sell it later to real estate or constructions companies…
***** Hermes is the ancient Greek God of Commerce, Agoraeus was a common epithet meaning the protector of the marketplace. Panagia Deksia is a well known church to “Holy Mary the Right” in Thessaloniki.

Hundreds of thousands of communist insurgents after the Greek Civil War were threatened to sing declarations of repentance, so some things mentioned (as the tin-can, wich the right-wing accused the insurgents they killed many of their enemies with such) refer to these incidents.

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Many solidarity activity has been done, including attacks against a police station in Thessaloniki and an Alumil (Mylonas corporation) office, and also lots of spray paintings and posters appeared questioning the issue of what the “real kidnap” is, and what is at last the major crime in this society, though we select to remind here an action from London, UK:

The following claim appeared on Athens IMC:

Last week we engaged in a range of joyful vandalism against bank ATMs, a jobcentre and two luxurious cars around SW London, UK. We dedicate them and hope they were enough to bring a smile to our proletarian brother Polys Georgiades in front of his jury in Thessaloniki, Greece, on April the 3rd, for attempted arson against a private security vehicle, few years earlier. The sad news of his recent arrest, for allegedly participating in kidnapping the president of Northern Greece’s industrialists, in the same time excited us with the remembrance of an offensive tactic of our class, almost forgotten after its last emergence during the European proletarian uprising of the 70es: The kidnapping of bosses, once again employed by workers in two different cases in France this last week, seems to be a mighty weapon of the working class in its struggle against poverty and exploitation. This applies of course as part of the workplace struggle, in our class’s disadvantageous bargain of its working force: “This action is our only currency” said after all the daring French workers of Pithiviers…

Do you remember Nietzsche? “It’s better not to pay at all, if not with a currency that bears our face”. We couldn’t agree more. Kidnapping can also be a tactic of certain delinquent elements of our class to avoid work or to hold a personal war against the ruling class. Their actions, even if they are not directly connected with the working class movement, contribute to the class’s collective power by attacking its enemies [no proletarian could ever be afraid of being kidnapped of course, since the only realistic kidnapping he suffers is his everyday worktime for the bosses’ wealth] where and when they are not prepared for, breaking down their normaly conducted assault. We have also seen in past insurrectionary situations these delinquent elements to provide the most valuable comrades of the proletarian movement against capitalism. We care to see again our class embrace these “lost children” it is taught to slander and hate.

Eventually, “…to unite this world into a single invincible and all-destroying force, it is the purpose of our organization, our conspiracy and our task.”

For proletarian power!
For Communism!

Sovjet of the Streets

November 20, 2009
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Nikos Maziotis statement to the court (1999)

2009 Αυγούστου 23

Dear comrades,

The following text is the translation of what Nikos Maziotis said to the court during his trial which took place on the 5th to 7th of July 1999 in Athens, Greece. He was convicted and given a 15-year prison sentence for �attempted explosion with danger for human lives� and �possession of guns and explosives� for his action of placing a bomb in the Ministry of Industry and Development on December 12, 97, in solidarity with the revolt of the villages in Strymonikos against the installation of a gold metallurgy by multinational company TVX GOLD. During the trial he again supported his choices politically, as he did from the beginning when he had sent a letter from prison with which he took responsibility of the action against the Ministry. Though he never accepted the charges the state was accusing him of, as revolutionary acts cannot be described in terms of the penal code. In that sense, this trial was not a typical procedure of convicting someone who pleads �guilty� but it turned into a political confrontation as much between Nikos and his prosecutors, as between his comrades, anarchists and revolutionaries and the state and its mechanisms. This confrontation was strongly supported by the presence of comrades from Sardinia (Costantino Cavalleri), Italy (Alfredo Bonanno) and France (Hellyette Bess) who testified in the court in solidarity with Nikos and by the letters sent in support by the imprisoned militants of Action Directe, France, by the ABC of Barcelona and by other anarchist groups from Spain. All these together, along with the presence inside and outside the court of anarchist comrades and of course the speech of Nikos Maziotis against his prosecutors, gave a sense of the international struggle for freedom and of solidarity with all the people in revolt, with all political prisoners captured in moments of the social and class war against the state and the capital.

Solidarity,

Comrades from the Anarchist Circle and the collective Anarchists in Solidarity�

Excerpts from Nikos Mazotis� Statement to the Athens Criminal Court

First, I do not intend to pretend to be the �good guy� here when I was forced to come. I will not apologize for anything, because I do not consider myself a criminal. I am a revolutionary. I have nothing to repent. I am proud of what I have done. The only thing I regret is the technical error that was made so the bomb didn’t explode, so that my fingerprint was found on it later and I ended up here. This is the only thing I repent.

You must keep in mind that although you are judges and sitting higher than me, many times the revolutionaries, and myself specifically, have judged you long before you judge me. We are in opposite camps, hostile camps.

The revolutionaries and revolutionary justice -because I don’t believe that this court is justice, it’s the word justice in quotation marks- many times judge their enemies more mercilessly, when they get the chance to impose justice. I will begin from many years ago. We don’t have any crime of mine to judge here. On the contrary, we will talk about crimes, but not mine. We will talk about the crimes of the State, of its mechanisms, of justice and police crimes…

The biggest lie of all time is that the State is society. I think Nietzsche has also said that the State lies. We are opposed to the division of society into classes, we are against a separation between those who give orders and others who obey orders. This authoritarian structure penetrates the whole of society and it is this structure that we want to destroy. Either with peaceful or with violent means, even with guns. I have no problem with that.

I will contradict my brother who said before, that he didn’t want the guns in order to make war. They were for war. Maybe they were just kept there. But guns are for war, you don’t just have them to keep them at home. I might have kept them as they were, but they are to make war and I make war… The bomb in the ministry was an act of war.

Our purpose, within the anti-State and anti-capitalist struggle, is to connect ourselves with different social struggles. Our purpose when interfering in these struggles is also to attempt to make things reach the edge, which means to culminate with the conflict of these social parts with the State and the police. To urge the people fighting to surpass the institutional frames, the trade-unions, the local administrations and all these manipulators who are enemies of human freedom. Many comrades of mine, with their small forces, were engaged in such struggles. I will tell you about them more specifically. In 1989, in a struggle of environmental interest in the village of Aravissos, the residents of the area didn’t want their water sources to be exploited by the Water Company of Thessaloniki. They clashed with the police and the riot police, they burnt water pumps, they set fires and put up barricades. And some of our comrades from Thessaloniki took part in this struggle and they were even arrested�.

Generally, wherever there are disturbances, there are conflicts we want to be in. To subvert things. For us, this is not a crime. In a real sense, these disturbances are the �popular sovereignty� that professional politicians keep talking about. That’s where freedom is expressed…

Now let’s talk about the struggle of the people in Strymonikos. Long before I placed the bomb, other comrades had been to the villages, they had been talking with the people there, they had published a brochure about this revolt, about the clashes in October of 1996. But I will talk more specifically about the struggle in Strymonikos in a little while. First, I want to talk exclusively about the action.

To tell the truth, I was inspired to place this bomb for a specific reason: The people of the villages had surpassed the limits, by themselves. If it was a struggle inside institutional frames, in the way that trade unions and local administrations try to keep these struggles restricted, if it was confined in a mild, harmless and not dangerous protest, maybe I wouldn’t have done anything.

But the comrades up there in the villages -who are not anarchists of course, but I don’t care about that, they are citizens who also want their freedom- had surpassed every limit. They had conflicts with the police three times -in the 17th of October 1996, in the 25th of July ‘97 and in November 9 ‘98-, they had set fire to police cars and riot police vans, they had burnt machinery belonging to TVX, they had invaded in the mines of Olympiada and destroyed part of the installations. Some of them also became a sort of guerrilla. In the nights, they were going out with guns, shooting in the air to frighten the policemen. And I thought, these people are cool, they�ve gone even further than us. And then repression followed, especially in ‘97 when marshal law was imposed in the area.

The Chief of Police in Halkidiki gave an order according to which all gatherings and demonstrations were forbidden. They also sent special police units and police tanks, which came in the streets for the first time since 1980. And now they were sending them out again there, in the villages of Halkidiki. So, I thought, we must do something here, in Athens. It is not possible that the others are under repression and we here staying passive. The ministry of Industry and Development, in Papadiamadopoulou and Michalakopoulou streets, was one of the centers of this case. The struggle in Strymonikos was a struggle against �development�, against �modernization� and all this crap they keep saying. What is hidden behind all these expressions is the profits of multinationals, the profits of �our own� capitalists, Greek capitalists, the profits of states’ officials, of the Greek state, of the bureaucrats, of all those who take the money, of technical companies… There is no relation between this

November 20, 2009
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Brighton, UK: Probation office and RBS HQ attacked by anarchists



we will not be satisfied until there is nothing left of this prisonworld but its ashes, until every prisoner of this society is free.

DESTROY ALL PRISONS.
VIVA L’ ANARCHIA.

“We take responsibility for attacking the Brighton HQ of the Royal Bank of Scotland in the evening of 2nd November 2009.

All banks are part of the same system which is destroying everything and has to go. Banks are the most visible manifestation of the exploitation and annihilation of our lives, carried out by state and capital.

We haven’t forgotten the role of RBS in the financial crisis and the April G20 where Ian Tomlinson was killed by police, nor do we forgive.

We dedicate this action to Yiannis Dimitrakis, Amadeu Casellas, Thomas Meyer-Falk, Alfredo M. Bonanno and Christos Stratigopulos, anarchist comrades in prison for expropriations who chose to directly attack this system, as well as all other rebels who are in struggle inside and outside the prison walls.

We will not stop.

Anarchists

November 20, 2009
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Excerpts from the most recent “Conspiracy of Cells of Fire” communiqué

Two brief excerpts from the most recent Conspiracy of Cells of Fire communiqué, published after a bomb was set off outside the house of Mimis Androulakis, a turncoat communist – current government MP. The first excerpt explains why Androulakis was targeted, whilst the second one refers to their relationship with (and contains their critique of) the anarchist-antiauthoritarian scene. It is true that after sneering at the potential solidarity movements in their previous communiqués, there is an awkward silence, while at the same time the number of warrants and arrests concerning this case regularly grows.

According to Mimis Androulaki’s bio: …he took part in the antidictatorial struggle and was prosecuted by the junta. He was a member of the Coordination Committee during the November 1973 student uprising in the Polytechnic School. Leading figure of the Left for over 20 years. In 1993 he left the political scene after publishing a book with propositions on how to restructure the center-left political forces. He was elected MP of the PASOK socialist party (currently in power) in 2004 and has written many books…

“Now let’s go back to our main topic; the “sensitive intellectual people” should stop pretending they are surprised and cease uttering humanitarian excerpts from prayer books on the non-use of violence. [The history] of revolution was written and shall be rewritten with conscience and blood, texts and bullets, bombs and imprisonments, struggles and disappointments, noble thoughts and rude actions. Those who speak of unjustifiable revolutionary violence are those who justify the violence in detention centers, prisons, jobs, schools and the army. They are those who explicitly declare every time that “things used to be different in the past”… The ease that left-wing intellectuals talk about the old “fair” violence during the period of Resistance [WW II] and the antidictatorial struggle is due to the fact that only they have the privilege of democracy to have their voices heard. The reason is simple. They are the same people that renounce all kinds of revolutionary violence today, while they have the profile of a fake “militant” past.”

[…]

“Lastly we want to clarify something and emphasize something else. Often, in fact in almost all our communiqués, not only do we criticize strongly the institutional and social police, but also the anarchist-antiauthoritarian scene. We have our origins from and (most of us) were active in it; we met friends and enemies there, we organized ourselves and discovered the lack of organization, we laughed and were let down, a scene we never betrayed, although many a time some from its clergy and their supporters “betrayed” us; it is a scene that gave birth to the new urban guerrilla. This is not a hostile statement against anarchy as a whole; in contrary it is a critique of the anarchist ideology, a breach with the slowdown of the alternative-anarchist lifestyle; in a few words: a revolution within the revolution… this is our contribution to the formation of new perspectives and practices, which aims at “hosting” all the comrades that do not fit in the official anarchist ideologies; all those deniers that cannot find their place in the orthodox social behavior, the traditions and the cliques of the anarchist-antiauthoritarian scene. Finally, we want to point out that from now on we will engage intensively in expanding the urban guerrilla tendency. Within this framework we inaugurate the collaboration of our teams: From now on the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire and the Guerrilla Group of Terrorists will form an alliance in order to promote social challenge. Some Cells will continue collaborating with the Nihilist Faction. We both know that our appeal is addressed to the minority, but it is very substantial. Our priority is to widen our tendency within the radical part of the antiauthoritarian sphere and the “healthy” cycles of law-breakers. The attacks and the fire signals coming from Crete to Thessaloniki, fill us with strength and confirm our conviction that “If not now, then when? If not us, then who?”

November 19, 2009
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Today, on the 19th of November, the trial also honor the memory of Ivan "Bonebreaker"

Khutorskoy, held by antifascists, took place in Chernihiv (Ukraine). In silence, holding the banner ( “Vanya’s portrait * * 16th of November has been killed by Nazis, “” We will not forget, we will not forgive 16/11/2009), antifascists has walked down the central city’s streets, giving a leaflets, explaining the situation to passers-by (who could not understand what was going on).

November 16, 2009
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Yesterday evening, Monday the 16th of November, 26 year old anti-fascist Ivan “Vanya Kostolom” Khutorskoy was shot to death at the entrance to his hom

according to some information with two shots to his head. Yesterday evening, on Monday the 16th of November, 26 year old anti-Fascist Ivan “Vanya Kostolom” Khutorskoy was shot to death at the entrance to his home at Khabarovsk Street in the East Side of Moscow, according to some information with two shots to his Head.

Vanya was a great figure in the Russian anti-fascist movement, and I am sure many people will write down their memories of him in thedays, months and years to come. Vanya was a great figure in the Russian Anti-Fascist movement, and I am sure many people will write down their memories of him in thedays, months and years to come. But as of today most of his friends are too angry and too shocked, at the loss of this friend and comrade. But as of today most of his friends are too angry and too shocked, at the loss of this friend and comrade.

My first memories of Vanya are from around 2004, I was running anarchist distro at a concert in R-Club. My first memories of Vanya are from around 2004, I was running Anarchist Distro at a concert in the E-Club. By that time I wasn’t going to gigs too often, so most of the faces were unknown to me. By that time I was not going to Gigs too often, so most of the faces were unknown to me. It was before the period when after the murder of Sasha Ryukhin when Moscow hardcore went completely underground. It was before the period when after the murder of Sasha Ryukhin Moscow hardcore when I went completely underground. Thus the concert was openly announced, and you could not be sure who was around. Thus the concert was announced openly, and you could not be sure who was around. So I was a bit wary of the skinhead crowd, especially this one big guy. So I was a bit Vary Skinhead of the crowd, especially this one big guy. But there was no reason to worry, Vanya being there was actually the best guarantee that any trouble would be handled. But there was no reason to worry, Vanya Being There was actually the best guarantee that any trouble would be handled.

I do not know where Vanya got his nickname “Kostolom”, “Bonecrusher”. I do not know where Vanya got his nickname “Kostolom”, “Bonecrusher.” Maybe it was some kind of joke, as it is hard to imagine a more friendly and humorous guy than Vanya. Maybe it was some kind of joke, as it is hard to imagine a more friendly and Humorous guy than Vanya.

Last time I saw Vanya was at the “No surrender” mixed martial arts tournament, organised on the 10th of October this year in Moscow. Last time I saw you, Vanya at the “No Surrender” Mixed Martial Arts Tournament, organized on the 10th of October this year in Moscow. The tournament was organised in memory of another murdered anti-fascist, Fyodor Filatov. The tournament was organized in memory of another murdered anti-Fascist, Fyodor Filatov. Vanya was the referee, as seen in the photo above. Vanya was the referee, as seen in the photo above. Vanya was well-trained in Sambo, a martial arts developed in Soviet Union which is still popular in the region. Vanya was a well-trained in Sambo, a martial arts developed in the Soviet Union which is still popular in the region. He he had some success in tournaments and he achieved the degree of Candidate for Master of Sports of Russia. He he had some success in tournaments and he achieved the Degree of Candidate for Master of Sports of Russia. He also competed in arm-wrestling. He also competed in the arm-wrestling. This was one of the reasons that made him especially feared and hated among Nazis, since they attempt to picture their enemies as weak alcoholics and junkies. This was one of the reasons that made him especially feared and hated among Nazis, since they attempt to picture their enemies as weak alcoholic and junkies. Few Nazis could match up to Vanya in a fair fight, this is why they attacked him with razorblades, screwdrivers and knives, and when even that did not work out, with a gun. Few Nazis could match up to Vanya in a fair fight, this is why they attacked him with Razorblade, screwdrivers and knives, and when even that did not work out, with a gun.

Before that my last meeting with him was outside the Ska-P concert last May. Before that my last meeting with him was outside the ska-Z concert last May. None of my friends had enough money to pay 30 euros for a concert of Spanish ska-punkers, but we decided to give out free anti-fascist papers outside. None of my friends had enough money to pay 30 euros for a concert of Spanish ska-punk, but we decided to give out free anti-Fascist papers outside. After all, on the concert poster the group was in anti-fascist t-shirts – not a big thing in Spain, but something for which a musician may have to pay with his life in Moscow. After all, on the concert poster the group was in the anti-fascist t-shirts – not a big thing in Spain, but something for which a musician may have to pay with his life in Moscow. Thus handing stuff outside was not any worse than leafletting random people at the street. Thus handing stuff outside was not any worse than leafletting random people at the street. Vanya and a number of other people were asked to cover us. Vanya and a number of other people were asked to cover us.

The reaction of semi-yuppie clubbers and punks to our papers was mixed – obviously many were there just to party. The reaction of semi-yuppie clubbers and Punks to
our papers was mixed – many were obviously there just to party.
Then a phonecall – another group of comrades was in a trouble few kilometers south, followed by a larger mob of Nazis. Then a phonecall – Another group of Comrades was in trouble a few kilometers south, followed by a larger mob of Nazis. Our cover had to move to clear things out. Our cover had to move to clear things out. I had no plans for a fight that evening, but I had little choice – having distributed anti-fascist papers to hundreds of people, going wandering around afterwards alone could easily end up with 5 inches of steel between my ribs. I had no plans for a fight that evening, but I had little choice – having distributed anti-Fascist papers that hundreds of people, going wandering around afterwards alone could easily end up with 5 inches of steel between my ribs. So I had to stick with the crew. So I had to stick with the Crew.

We met with the other mob and regrouped. We met with the other mob and regrouped. Vanya warned about not attacking as soon as Nazis were in sight due to the fact that they would figure out that they were outnumbered and just run away and never get caught. Vanya warned about not attacking as soon as Nazis were in sight due to the fact that they would figure out that you were they Outnumbered and just run away and never get caught. But people could not hold themselves back. But people could not hold themselves back. 100+ meters was way too much distance to close the gap, Nazis ran to alleys and jumped over some fences, no one was caught. 100 + meters was way too much distance to close the gap, the Nazis ran Alleys and jumped over some fences, no one was caught. I was in bad shape so I could not run as fast as the rest, Vanya simply didn’t run because he knew it was pointless. I was in bad shape so I could not run as fast as the rest, Vanya simply did not run because he knew it was pointless. So we were left behind the mob with some girls who avoided being in the frontline, and together we took a look around if any Nazis had hidden in an alley to our side. So we were left behind the mob with some girl who avoided being in the Frontline, and together we took a look around if any Nazis had hidden in an alley to our side.

Later that evening, another regroup – some asses kicked, some more missed opportunities. Later that evening, another REGROUP – Some Asses Kicked, some more missed opportunities. But it would be pointless to tell all these stories – while I was an unusual guest, for Vanya beating up Nazis was as routine as waking up in the morning. But it would be pointless to tell all these stories – while I was an unusual guest, Vanya for beating up Nazis was as routine as waking up in the morning. To tell one of these stories would be to tell nothing, as there are hundreds of them. To tell one of these stories would be nothing to tell, as there are hundreds of them.

Vanya was a common face in the punk scene since the beginning of the century. Vanya was a common face in the punk scene since the beginning of the century. Anti-antifa websites have large galleries of him, the oldest photos with a mohawk hairstyle. Anti-antifa websites have large galleries of him, the oldest photos with a mohawk hairstyle. He was not in the first Moscow Antifa generation which got together around spring of 2002, but when he joined up in 2003-2004 he stayed for good. He was not in the first Moscow Antifa generation which got together around spring 2002, but when he joined up in 2003-2004 he stayed for good.

Sometimes, after such tragedies, there is a kind of sad body-snatching match going on where everyone wants to claim a dead hero – that was the case for example with Stanislav Markelov, who, while still alive was a prankster who told to anarchists that he was a social-democrat, and to trotskists and stalinists that he was an anarchist, just to frustrate everyone. Sometimes, after such tragedies, there is a sad kind of body-snatching match going on where everyone wants to claim a dead hero – that was the case for example with Stanislav Markelova, who, while still alive was a prankster who told it that Anarchist He was a Social-Democrat, and the Stalinist trotskists and that he was an Anarchist, just to frustrate everyone.

With Vanya, any such post-mortem claims would be a misrepresentation any way you look at it, as every clique and crew in the scene considered him one of their own, and he was respected and loved by absolutely everyone. Vanya with, any such claims for post-mortem would be a misrepresentation any way you look at it, as every clique and crew in the scene considered him one of their own, and he was respected and loved by absolutely everyone. Vanya considered himself a RASH skinhead, which did not hold back the apolitical and patriotic Moscow Trojan Skinheads from considering him as one of them. Vanya considered himself a RASH Skinhead, which did not hold back the apolitical and Patriotic Moscow Trojan Skinheads from considering him as one of them. Anarchists of course considered Vanya one of the anarchists, and it is true that Vanya had an anti-authoritarian and social position and was always ready to provide security for anarchists events. Anarchist Vanya of course considered one of the anarchists, and it is true that Vanya had an anti-authoritarian and social positions and was always ready to provide security for anarchist events. But he did not live for activism – he lived for the streets and for punk rock. But he did not live for Activism – He lived for The Streets and for punk rock.

He was as sharp as a razorblade, and he finished his juridical studies at the Russian State Social University with a “red diploma”, that is a diploma “with excellence” given to students in the region of the former Soviet Union who have almost exclusively the best possible grades. He was as sharp as a Razorblade, and he f
inished his Juridical Studies at the Russian State Social University with a “red diploma” that is a diploma “with excellence” given to students in the region of the former Soviet Union who have almost exclusively the best possible grade.
As there are few people with juridical studies in the scene, I had some hopes that Vanya would join the ranks of the activist lawyers when he would retire from street fighting one day – even before he was murdered, Stas Markelov was overhelmed with legal cases from our movement and had trouble in dealing with them alone. As there are few people with Juridical Studies in the scene, I had some hope that Vanya would join the ranks of the activist lawyers when he would retire from street fighting one day – even before he was murdered, STAS Markelova overhelmed you with legal cases from our movement and had trouble in dealing with them alone. Vanya and Stas knew each other well, and Vanya also provided security to some press-conferences held by Stas. Vanya and STAS knew each other well, and Vanya also provided security to some press-conferences held by STAS. Most recently Vanya worked as a lawyer in “Deti ulitsy”-center (“Children of the street”), which works with street children and other children with difficulties. Vanya most recently worked as a lawyer in “Deti Ulitsa” Center ( “Children of the Street”), which works with street children and other children with difficulties.

Of course people now ask why he went to his flat that evening, although his address was posted all around in the Nazi websites. Now of course people ask why he went to his flat that evening, Although his address is posted all around you in the Nazi websites. Vanya often stayed in other places. Vanya often stayed in other places. Maybe he had some important business with his family, maybe he just spit in the face of death, having survived so many attempts on is life. Maybe he had some important business with his family, maybe he just spit in the face of death, having survived so many attempts on is life.

Vanya was jumped the first time in 2005 and his head was cut with a razorblade. Vanya you jumped the first time in 2005 and his head was cut with a Razorblade. This incident was recorded with a CCTV camera and used in a TV documentary of NTV channel, which is available online here: This incident was recorded with a CCTV camera and used in a TV documentary of NTV channel, which is available online here:

http://rutube.ru/tracks/663741.html?v=242f56ae5e0dca6e5c9d77cc8558fb5d . http://rutube.ru/tracks/663741.html?v=242f56ae5e0dca6e5c9d77cc8558fb5d. Next time, in the autumn of the same year, they attempted kill him – his neck was punctured 6 times with a sharpened screwdriver, which is a popular weapon among Russian Nazis as it punctures deeper than a knife. Next time, in the autumn of the same year, they attempted kill him – his neck was punctured 6 times with a sharpened screwdriver, which is a popular weapon among Russian Nazis as it Puncture deeper than a knife. Any of these strikes could have been lethal, but miraculously none of them hit arteries and he survived. Any of these strikes could have been lethal, but miraculously none of them hit artery and he survived. This incident was also recorded to a CCTV camera, but cops had little interest in investigatingand they didn’t even check the recording! This incident was also recorded that a CCTV camera, but cops had little interest in investigatingand they did not even check the recording! It took more than half a year for Vanya to fully recover from this attack. It took more than half a year for Vanya to fully recover from this attack.

In January of this year, Vanya was stabbed in his stomach during a street fight, this wound was almost lethal as well but he survived. In January of this year, Vanya was stabbed in his stomach during a street fight, this lethal wound was almost as well but he survived. And now, when everything else failed, Nazis decided to use guns – they finally succeeded. And now, when everything else failed, Nazis decided to use guns – they finally succeeded.

Vanya’s father died a few years ago, he is by his mother and his sister. Vanya’s father died a few years ago, he is by his mother and his sister. Donations to support friends and family with funeral costs are welcome, you may use Yandex-money account 41001411894609, or in case you do not know what that is, you may donate through ABC-Moscow: http://www.avtonom.org/donate . Donations to support friends and family with funeral costs are welcome, you may use Yandex-money account 41001411894609, or in case you do not know what that is, you may donate through ABC-Moscow: http://www.avtonom.org/ Donate. But in this case write to ABC-Moscow about your plans (abc-msk AT riseup DOT net, and also indicate in transfer that it is “for Kostolom friends and family”. But in this case write to ABC-Moscow about your plans (ABC-MSK riseup AT DOT NET, and also in the transfer indicate that it is “for Kostolom friends and family.”

November 11, 2009
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A 1 hour and 16 minutes documentary about the intense year of fight after the murder of the antfascist comrade Carlos Palomino in Madrid. 11/11/2007

There are wounds that even time can’t close, as the one opened in our hearts when our brother, friend and comrade Carlos, when going to fight against racism, was killed by a neo-Nazi military.

Something inside us died that day. But also a strong feeling of endless reassurance to fight against fascism and injustice was born. Antifascism in Madrid is since then more united and organized than ever. Antifascist groups have honored every day 11 by attacking the sites, the symbols and the accomplices whos hands were stained with the brave blood of Carlos.

Carlos, we promise you we wont stop fighting until the last breath, and your smiling face will contemplate how Madrid is and will be the tomb of fascism.

THE BEST HOMAGE IS TO CONTINUE FIGHTING

Watch video:

http://theplatform.nuevaradio.org/index.php?blog=3&p=937

En castellano:

http://theplatform.nuevaradio.org/index.php?blog=3&p=784

Download O.S.T:

http://theplatform.nuevaradio.org/index.php?blog=2&p=789

Photos of Antifascist November 2007:

http://theplatform.nuevaradio.org/index.php?blog=4&p=472


Contact broadcast/distribution:

documentalcarlos at gmail dot com

www.carlosvive.net

November 10, 2009
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10.11.2009 BofA windows smashed Broken Windows

This week, three large windows were smashed on a Bank of America branch in Chicago. You can probably guess why. Spooky shit like this has been happening more and more often. If you’re not creeped out yet, just you wait. See you soon!

In solidarity with whoever wants it,

The Monster Squad, Cell of Shattered Glass

November 10, 2009
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Pour la Police, il est membre de la bande des ”braqueurs en noir”. Giannis Dimitrakis s’est fait arrêter lors d’un braquage le 16 janvier 2006 et il a été condamné à une peine d’emprisonnement de 25 ans. Il y a quelques jours, le (récemment baptisé) ministère de Protection du citoyen (ex-ministère de l’Ordre Public) a mis à prix les autres membres du groupe à 600 000 euros, en diffusant parallèlement qu’ils ne sont pas seulement des braqueurs mais aussi membres d’organisations terroristes.

L’anarchiste, Giannis Dimitrakis, 30 ans aujourd’hui, parle pour la première fois, des prisons de Domokos, où il est détenu, de ses camarades mis à prix, de la récente attaque du Commissariat de Agia Paraskevi 1, de l’organisation ”Conspiration Cellules du feu”2, tout en répondant au ministre de Protection du citoyen, M. Michalis Chrisochoïdes, qui a déclaré : ” C’est la guerre”.

Au braquage du 17e janvier, où tu t’es fait arrêter, se sont enfuis, selon les autorités, Simos et Marios Seïsidis et Grigoris Tsimonis, qui ont été mis à prix, il y a quelques jours, par M. Chrisochoïdes pour 600.000 euros.

Tu penses qu’il y aura des gens qui vont donner des informations ?

Effectivement, les autorités, quelques porte-plumes sans honneur et certains hôtes permanents des écrans télévisés3 ainsi que le ministre de l’Ordre Public, et non pas comme le gouvernement aime bien l’appeler de ”Protection du citoyen”, ont créé la scène pour les potentiels chasseurs de têtes. Comme on sait aussi que les gestionnaires du pouvoir politique essaient toujours d’infuser à la société la mentalité du mouchardage et de la dénonciation mutuelle. Parfois par des menaces et parfois par toute sorte de récompense. Heureusement, la société grecque consciente, celle qui reconnaît son ennemi, à cause de tous les maux qu’elle doit, soit aux terroristes gouvernementaux, soit aux élites économiques, et non pas à trois anarchistes poursuivis, a résisté historiquement à des telles pratiques, et je crois que c’est ce qui va se passer aussi maintenant. Pourtant, comme il y a et il y a toujours eu des aspirants inspecteurs Clouzot et des inspirées Agatha Cristy, je dois les prévenir que si beaucoup de gens ont apprécié le mouchardage il n’en a jamais été de même pour les mouchards …

Selon toi, ils risquent d’être bientôt arrêtés ?

Cela, je ne le sais pas et j’espère que cela n’arrivera jamais. Ce que je sais, c’est que s’ils se font arrêter, ni les chômeurs ne trouveront de travail, ni les salaires n’augmenteront, ni ceux qui luttent jour et nuit, en courant comme des esclaves entre deux et trois boulots, ne verront leur vie changer.

Tu penses qu’ils vont se rendre sans combat ?

Je considère qu’il n’y aura pas de combat au sens strict du terme, échange de coups de feu. Car, tout simplement, ils vont jamais être arrêtés. Je sais et j’en suis sûr qu’ils luttent quotidiennement afin de rester libres. Les hommes, vous voyez, aiment la liberté.

Qu’est-ce que tu ferais si t’étais à leur place ?

Exactement la même chose. Moi aussi j’éviterais mon arrestation, qui, vu la situation, signifierait ma condamnation sûre pour tout crime commis après le 16 janvier de 2006, date du braquage à la Banque Nationale.

Quel message leur enverrais- tu de la prison ?

Mon amitié et mon amour, ils savent qu’ils les ont. Donc, je leur dirai une phrase que Kazantzakis avait dit : ”Je me sens comme si nous donnions de la tête contre les barres de fer. Beaucoup de têtes vont se casser, mais au bout d’un moment, les barres aussi vont se casser.

À ton avis, à quoi sert cette mise à prix ?

Je considère que l’initiative de la mise à prix fait partie de la planification médiatique du ministère de l’Ordre Public afin de contribuer à l’image que le gouvernement veut faire passer : qu’il a du travail. Malheureusement, ce plan qui passe par la militarisation du quartier d’Exarcheia avec des forces policières démesurées et bien sûr, par une remise au premier plan des affaires de lutte armée, tel que ministre l’a dit lui même, aboutit à la mise à prix des trois camarades.

N’oublie pas que les preuves
présentées pour impliquer dans des groupes de guérilla urbaine, ne sont que des nouvelles, qui circulaient à travers des rumeurs de la Direction Générale Policière d’Athènes dans des journaux, il y a quelques mois.

Pour moi, tout ça n’est qu’un artifice médiatique et probablement, la fabrication d’une excuse pour l’incapacité opérationnelle de la Police à trouver des personnes qui procèdent à des actions.

Tu verras que dans l’avenir, nous allons entendre des excuses genre ”vu que nous ne pouvons pas trouver les poursuivis, qui sont des terroristes, comment allons -nous démêler le nœud de la lutte armée ?”

Tu veux dire que le gouvernement fabrique des terroristes ?

C’est la seule chose de sûre. Ils le font depuis des années. C’est une tactique stable du gouvernement afin de prouver qu’il est capable d’agir.

Tu penses que la attaque récente au Commissariat de Agias Paraskevis est une réponse à la mise à prix ?

Ceux qu’il l’ont fait vont vous répondre avec un manifeste. Mon avis est totalement non valable. Demandez plutôt à vos collègues, les journalistes, qui, non seulement ils connaissent tout, mais ils savent aussi très bien de juger et de condamner. Ils sont devenus et juges d’appel et procureurs et présidents.

Il circule des rumeurs émanant des services de police, que toi et tes soi-disant complices, vous n’êtes pas seulement de simples brigands mais êtes aussi membres d’organisations terroristes. Qu’est-que tu as à y répondre ?

Écoute. Les seules choses pour lesquelles nous ne sommes pas encore accusés, sont le trafic de drogue, le proxénétisme, le viol de jeunes filles et l’idolâtrie satanique.

Je sais que beaucoup d’esprits riches en imagination dans des services de police s’excitent avec le mélange de tout ça, et sincèrement je m’excuse de les décevoir en leur disant que ces choses se passent uniquement dans les films américains qu’ils regardent et les livres qu’ils lisent.

Selon la Police, vous faites partie de la bande des ”braqueurs en noir”. Quelle est ta réponse ?

La ”bande en noir” est un titre journalistique ou policier inattentif et riche en imagination qui n’a aucune base réaliste et qui continue d’être utilisé par les médias, malgré le fait que dans le procès qui a eu lieu, il s’est bruyamment écroulé. Comme ils continuent, jusqu’à aujourd’hui, de m’imputer sept braquages, malgré le fait que j’ai été innocenté pour six d’entre eux, et de dire que je possède d’énormes sommes d’argent, alors que le tribunal a pris acte du fait que l’argent venaient du milieu anarchiste.

Et tout ça, au moment qu’ils savent que cette extraordinaire organisation n’a jamais existé et surtout, pour ce qui est des trois amis et camarades pour lesquels, des mandats d’arrêt ont été décernés avec des preuves qui me paraissent ridicules.

Et quoi qu’il en soit, il faut dire un truc qui est une question de sens commun : les cameras dans les banques, sont de vieille technologie et elles montrent les couleurs en noir et blanc. Les braqueurs, vous savez, ont l’habitude d’aller à la banque avec des vêtements de couleurs foncées. …

Tu as justifié ta participation dans le braquage, où tu t’es fait arrêté, en parlant d’ expropriation/aliénation. Qu’est qui différencie l’expropriation du braquage habituel ?

La différence réside dans le sujet, même si pour moi, ces deux termes sont aussi éloignés de la réalité que les termes politiques. Pour qu’un individu appelle son action ”expropriation”, il faut qu’il passe de sa réaction naturelle envers les conditions d’aujourd’hui dans lesquelles il vit, à sa position consciente révolutionnaire, qui n’est que la lutte contre tous les dominants de ce monde. La différence réside dans le sujet qui donne sens à son acte.

La banque que tu as braqué, par la suite, a subi des nombreuses attaques incendiaires et a été obligée de fermer. C’était une vengeance en ta faveur de la part de certains ?

Tout d’abord, je ne sais pas si cette banque a fermé. Quoi qu’il en soit, les attaques qui ont eu lieu quand j’étais arrêté, étaient évidemment des manifestations de solidarité. Pour la plupart des gens, la banque constitue un mécanisme économique cruel qui épuisent quotidiennement des milliers des familles. Et tout le monde sait que les colosses financiers sont responsables de la crise économique actuelle, qui est payée par le peuple.

Tu te définis comme ”anarchiste”. Tu crois à la lutte armée ?

Plusieurs formes de lutt
e se sont formées au sein des mouvements sociaux. Chacun choisit la forme d’action qu’il pense comme étant en accord avec la nécessité politique de la société dans laquelle il vit. Je pense personnellement qu’aucune condition historique ou objective ne peut faire qu’on laisse un moyen de lutte aux oubliettes de l’histoire. Au contraire, nous vivons dans une époque très violente, où les états exercent du terrorisme au niveau global.

Il y a quelques jours, avait lieu l’attaque du Commissariat d’Agia Paraskevi. Es-tu d’accord avec ce genre d’attaques ?

Ce qui importe, c’est comment ces attaques sont perçues par la société, et non par l’intermédiaire de la propagande médiatique. Moi, je ne suis ni critique ni estimateur des actions de lutte armée. Je n’ai jamais revendiqué un tel titre et je ne pourrais jamais le revendiquer.

Certains anti-autoritaires disent que, quand des policiers qui ont été blessés par les coups de feu, c’est la violence policière qui est punie. Es-tu d’accord avec cela ?

Que l’on ne le veuille ou pas, les représentants en uniforme de l’ordre et de la sécurité, comme on les appelle, ont associés leur existence à la répression et à la violence : avec des tirs au hasard, des viols de femmes, de morts d’immigrés dans les Commissariats de Police, des coups, des tortures, des actes arbitraires, des humiliations, et beaucoup de choses qui se déroulent dans leurs locaux ou dans la rue. En tenant compte de cela, chacun doit tirer ses propres conclusions.

Pourtant, la logique de la responsabilité collective, n’est-pas le plus grand fascisme ?

Cette logique doit être recherchée dans les gagnants des conflits historiques socio-politiques, qui l’ont transformée en tactique habituelle. Le fait que certains rendent tout ce qu’ils ont reçu depuis des années, peut être ça gêne d’autres, mais que faire ? Qui sème le vent récole la tempête.

Tu penses que nous entrons dans une phase de violence armée sans lois ? Par exemple, jusqu’à aujourd’hui, aucune femme n’a jamais été blessée. Que dirais-tu sur ces ”coups aveugles” ?

Je ne sais pas s’il s’agit de ”coups aveugles”. Tout ce qui a eu lieu ces dernières années fait partie d’attaques contre des cibles qui historiquement appartiennent au système autoritaire de répression et de tyrannie de la société. Je n’ai jamais vu un simple citoyen pris pour cible.

Quels sont-ils tes sentiments pour la tentative de meurtre d’une fille de 23 ans ?

Vous devriez mieux aller demander à ceux qui ont été tués par des policiers.

Faut-il que des jeunes de 19 ans soit pris pour cibles ?

Ceux qui ont tirés ne l’ont évidemment pas fait parce qu’il s’agissait de jeunes. Ils ont tirés pour d’autres raisons, qui évidemment n’ont rien à voir avec leur âge. Ceux qui l’ont fait, nous expliquèrent.

Il y a quelque temps, que des jeunes à Halandri ont été arrêtés, accusés d’avoir participé à l’organisation ”Conspiration de Cellules du feu”4. Sont-ils des terroristes ?

Terroristes sont ceux qui nous condamnent à une mort lente. À une vie sans vie. Ceux qui ont manipulé des jeunes de 19 ans afin de changer la route de leur défaite électorale prévue.

Si tu pouvais t’enfuir, tu le ferais ?

Je te réponds avec un slogan ”La passion pour la liberté est plus forte que toutes les cellules”.

Qu’est-ce que tu répondrais à la déclaration de M. Chrisochoïdes ”nous avons une guerre” ?

Les gens pourraient croire que la déclaration de M. Chrisochoïdes concerne exclusivement les personnes qui se lancent dans des attaques armées contre des cibles étatiques ou autres. Mais une analyse plus attentive montre que cette guerre est lancée de manière diachronique contre les classes sociales sensibles. C’est la guerre depuis longtemps. C’est juste qu’ils ne l’avouent pas. Ces cris de guerre qui partent de derrière les bureaux ministériels et les nombreux gardes du corps, je ne sais pas quelle est leur utilité.

Qui ne devrait pas dormir tranquille en Grèce désormais ?

Ceux qui ne dormaient pas non plus auparavant.

Y-a-t-il une chose que tu regrettes ?

Je prends chaque décision après une longue réflexion et selon mes principes et les valeurs que je défend. Et je suis prêt à les défendre avec ma vie. Jusqu’à la fin.

Comment vois-tu ta vie future ?

À travers la phrase philosophique ”Carpe diem” ….

Novembre 2009

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Six policiers ont été blessés, dont deux grièvement, mardi 28 octobre 2009 dans des tirs d’arme automatique sur un commissariat dans la banlieue nord d’Athènes.

Deux hommes à moto se sont arrêtés avant d’ouvrir le feu sur des agents de garde qui se trouvaient devant le commissariat situé dans le secteur d’Agia Paraskevi à 21h40 locales. Une cinquantaine de coups de feu auraient été tirés. Six policiers ont été blessés, dont deux grièvement. Les agents de police de garde étaient tous assez jeunes (parmi eux, une femme de 23 ans et un homme de 19 ans).

La responsabilité de l’attaque n’a pas été revendiquée mais les soupçons se portent plutôt sur le groupe ”Secte de Révolutionnaires” – qui est la responsable des attaques les plus violentes à sang froid- que la ”Lutte Révolutionnaire Populaire” (E.L.A.).

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2 La police grecque a annoncé samedi 7 novembre 2009, l’arrestation d’une Grecque de 22 ans pour son appartenance présumée à un groupe issu de la mouvance anarchiste et auteur d’attentats sans victimes. La jeune femme est selon la police l’une des membres présumés de ce groupe, “Conspiration des cellules de feu”, qui étaient recherchés depuis l’arrestation fin septembre de quatre premiers suspects, âgés de 20 à 21 ans. Ces derniers ont été inculpés depuis pour “appartenance à une organisation criminelle”.

3 Phénomène habituel à la télé grecque : les émissions politiques invitent des personnages politiques, économiques, des médias, ou bien qui n’ont rien à voir, pour discuter sur l’actualité. Par la techniques du zoom, ils mettent leurs gueules l’une à côté de l’autre, encadrées comme une mosaïque. Le résultat, c ‘est un spectacle de disputes ridicules et artificielles sous le prétexte de discussion.

La “Conspiration des cellules de feu” a revendiqué une vague d’attentats à l’aide d’engins incendiaires et explosifs contre des domiciles et bureaux de personnalités et quatre églises orthodoxes, dans le sillage des événements de décembre 2008.

Le groupe a notamment revendiqué un attentat à l’explosif le 30 octobre contre le domicile athénien de l’euro-députée et ex-ministre conservatrice Marietta Giannakou.

Une attaque similaire provoquant des dégats matériels et utilisant une charge explosive placée dans une casserole a visé vendredi l’immeuble ou réside un député du parti socialiste au pouvoir, dans la banlieue est d’Athènes.

La “Conspiration” avait aussi signé le 3 décembre 2008 une action à l’engin incendiaire contre le bureau de l’Agence France-Presse à Athènes, en “solidarité” avec les neuf membres du “groupe de Tarnac”, alors inculpés pour des dégradations contre des lignes TGV en France.

Et d’autres nombreuses actions …

November 2, 2009
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On the 2nd of Novemeber 2009 the Cabinet of the Nepalese Government passed into Law a declaration which formally ends monkey farming in Nepal and provides a framework for the rehabailitation and release of all the monkeys currently in the farm by a foundation to be setup by Nepalese campaigners.

Whilst it was always expected, we can now conclusively state that Nepal’s monkeys have been saved from vivisection…BY LAW!!!

This legally binding agreement represents the final hurdle for international primate rescue groups to assist in the rescue operation; with one Dutch group already having offered support and others having publicly offered assistance before, we are hopeful for a swift and successful release operation.

The only problem with the declaration was that the Nepalese Government chose to offer NO financial assistance to the rehabilitation foundation…instead they are expecting external funding for the project, so soon we are expecting to take responsibility for nearly 400 hungry mouths with limited funds to sustain them!

The monkeys are still being “cared for” by the breeders, who will receive compensation in exchange for the animals and the farm, (to be handed over to the campaign foundation). The hope is that the farm, once successfully converted, will also serve as a rehabilitation sanctuary for other wildlife once the monkeys have been released.

The current estimate is the project will cost around ?100 per monkey, or about ?40,000, and take 6-12 months to successfully complete. A fundraising campaign is urgently being established by a European campaign group, and activists are preparing to go to Nepal, (entirely at their own expense), to provide logistics and operations support to the campaigners setting up the foundation.

More information will follow soon about the fundraising campaign, but we sincerely hope we that can rely on your continued support to finish this incredible grassroots campaign in fairytale style!

For the animals…

October 29, 2009
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INSURRECTIONIST ANARCHISTS SALUTE BONANNO WITH DIRECT ACTION

Alfredo Bonanno, the pioneering figure of insurrectionist theory and practice, was arrested by the Greek state on the grounds of “bank robbery”. A group of insurrectionist anarchists destroyed an ATM in Istanbul in solidarity with Bonanno, covered the location with red paint, drew symbols of anarchy and put up a banner demanding “FREEDOM FOR BONANNO”.

The target of the action which emphasized that insurrectionist solidarity can only be showed by direct action, was chosen symbolically to refer to the allegation of “bank robbery” made by the patrons of the system. “What’s breaking into a bank compared with founding a bank?”

REBELLION, ACTION, ANARCHY!

FREEDOM FOR THE PRISONERS!

Note: Below are the photos of the action.

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İSYANCI ANARŞİSTLER, ALFREDO BONANNO’YU EYLEMLE SELÂMLADI

Yunanistan devleti tarafından ‘banka soygunu’ gerekçesiyle tutsak edilen, isyankâr teori ve eylemin öncülerinden Alfredo Bonnano, İstanbul’daki yoldaşları tarafından eylemle selâmlandı. 12 Ekim gecesi İstanbul/Kadıköy’deki Yapı Kredi Bankası’na ait bankamatik şubesi, kalabalık bir isyancı anarşist grubu tarafından tahrip edildi. Şubenin yanındaki duvara “FREE BONANNO-BONANNO’YA ÖZGÜRLÜK” yazılı, İSYANCILAR imzalı pankartı asan isyancı anarşistler, bankamatiği tahrip ederek çevreye ANARŞİ yazılamaları yaptılar ve şubenin tamamını kırmızı boyayla boyadılar.

İsyancı dayanışmanın isyancı pratikle hayata geçirileceğine vurgu yapan bu eylemde hedef olarak bir bankanın seçilmesi de sistemin efendilerinin Alfredo Bonnano’ya yönelik ‘banka soygunu’ suçlamasına sembolik bir atıf anlamı taşımakta. “Banka kurmanın yanında banka soymak nedir ki!”

İSYAN, EYLEM, ANARŞİ!

October 29, 2009
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INTRESTING LINKS FOR ALFREDO M. BONANNO

�έα/News/Informaciones/Haberler Alfredo Bonanno, Christos Stratigopoulos International

�έα/News/Informaciones/Haberler Alfredo Bonanno, Christos Stratigopoulos International

“Grecia-Greek-Yunanca”
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http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=1086197

https://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=1086074

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_politics_0_03/10/2009_111243

http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=1085979

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“Δ°talian-italiano-Δ°talyanca”
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http://www.informa-azione.info/grecia_sullarresto_di_alfredo_bonanno_e_christos_stratigopoulos

http://www.blitzquotidiano.it/cronaca-italia/terrorismo-arrestato-in-grecia-lanarchico-alfredo-bonanno-per-rapina-113971/

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Castellano-Spanish-Δ°spanyolca:
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http://invisible.entodaspartes.net/2009/10/03/alfredo-maria-bonanno-y-otro-hombre-fueron-detenidos-en-grecia/

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“English,Ingles,Δ°ngilizce,:”

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http://libcom.org/news/bonanno-arrested-greece-suspicion-involvement-armed-bank-robbery-03102009

http://www.newstin.com/go-to-link/148576138/http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_politics_0_03/10/2009_111243

http://geographicalmedia.com/headline/anarchist-bank-robber-caught

http://www.occupiedlondon.org/blog/2009/10/02/98-alfredo-bonanno-and-a-yet-unnamed-46-year-old-man-have-been-arrested-in-greece/

http://thesugarbeetbhoy.wordpress.com/

http://www.ekathimerini.com%2F4dcgi%2F_w_articles_politics_100010_03%2F10%2F2009_111243

http://slackbastard.anarchobase.com/?p=8381

http://anarchistnews.org/?q=node/9797

http://www.statemaster.com/encyclopedia/Alfredo-M.-Bonanno

http://www.brightonactivist.net/node/2230

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/10/439086.html?c=on#c233855

http://slackbastard.anarchobase.com/?p=8381

http://www.anarchistnews.org/?q=node/9797
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/10/02/18624272.php

http://www.newstin.com/rel/us/en-010-018826120

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_politics_0_03/10/2009_111243

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/10/439086.html

http://www.newstin.com/tag/us/148457719

http://www.newstin.com/tag/us/148576138

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/10/439086.html?c=on#c233855

http://theanarchistlibrary.org/texts-sorted-author#BonannoAlfredoM

http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=hp&hl=en&js=y&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.blitzquotidiano.it%2Fcronaca-italia%2Fterrorismo-arrestato-in-grecia-lanarchico-alfredo-bonanno-per-rapina-113971%2F&sl=it&tl=en&history_state0=
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“Polish,Polska,Polonyaca”

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http://cia.bzzz.net /grecja_alfredo_bonanno_i_gracki_anarchista_aresztowani_za_napad_na_bank

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“Porteguesse,Porteguese,Portekizce:”
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http://www.midiaindependente.org/pt/blue/2009/10/455817.shtml

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“Turcos,Turkish,TΓΌrkΓ§e:”
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http://istanbul.indymedia.org/news/2009/10/258267.php

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“Bonanno’nun” Kitap/Fanzinleri (Δ°ngilizce) Δ°ndirebilirsiniz, Γ§evirin, daΔ�Δ±tΔ±n:
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http://www.anti-politics.net/distro/available.html

http://zinelibrary.info/search/node/bonanno

Silahlı/Silahlanmı� Ne�e
http://zinelibrary.info/armed-joy

http://zinelibrary.info/apart-obvious-exceptions

Filistin, benim a�kım
http://zinelibrary.info/palestine-mon-amour

Anar�istler ve eylem
http://zinelibrary.info/anarchists-and-action

Anar�izm ve Ulusal Kurtulu� Mücadelesi
http://zinelibrary.info/anarchism-and-national-liberation-struggle

http://zinelibrary.info/insurrectional-project

http://zinelibrary.info/anarchist-tension

http://zinelibrary.info/riot-insurrection

http://www.natterjackpress.co.uk/menu/downloads.php

Hırvatça �evirili Metinler:
http://zinelibrary.info/croatian-translation-anarchist-tension-alfredo-m-bonanno

Sesli Kitaplar (Δ°ngilizce)
http://www.audioanarchy.org/rss.xml

October 28, 2009
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ATHENS, Greece, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Greek officials say they are offering a reward of $887,000 for information leading to the arrest of the “robbers in black.”

Michalis Chrysochoidis, the newly appointed citizens’ protection minister, told reporters Tuesday the robbers, identified as brothers Simeon and Marios Seisidis and Grigoris Tsironis, are wanted not only for a 2006 bank robbery but for possible links to anarchist groups accused of domestic terrorism, the Athens newspaper Kathimerini reported.

The reward offer comes days after Chrysochoidis called for the reopening of the investigation of the November 17 anarchist group, some of whose suspected have been serving long jail sentences since it was broken up in 2002, the newspaper said. The government says domestic terror groups in Greece are making a comeback.

Sources told Kathimerini forensic evidence has linked one of the “robbers in black” with a 2007 attack on a former judge’s private guard and to a later shooting at an Athens police station claimed by the group Revolutionary Struggle.

October 23, 2009
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In the UK, we hear a lot about a strong autonomous Antifa movement in Germany. Could you give us a bit of an idea how this has come about?

Interview with German anti-fascist group TOP Berlin


The autonomous Antifa is part of the radical left movement which developed following 1968. After the protests of the early 1970s had faded, the radical left seemed to be in a dead-end. A large part of the left occupied itself with the debate over the armed struggle of the RAF and other armed groups, as well as with their conditions of imprisonment. Another part organized in orthodox communist splinter groups. Although strong in numbers, by the early 1980s both approaches had lost contact to societal discourse and struggles.

The autonomous movement reacted to that with a changed concept of politics. Change should be begun now, instead of waiting for a far-off revolution to take place. The more anarchist outlook of the ‘autonome’ led to a relocation of focus from class struggle to the sphere of reproduction. Therefore struggles for adequate housing, over local planning issues and against large projects like the construction of Frankfurt Airport and a large Mercedes testing-road in Northwest Germany became important. The struggle against organised Nazis had always played a role for the radical left. Since the foundation of the NPD in 1969 and its electoral success in the following years there had been protests against its conferences and other events. An autonomous antifascism could follow on this tradition.

Organised neo-Nazis were seen as posing a threat to the living conditions of those on the radical left, who felt that their occupied houses and autonomous youth centres were under threat. In addition, the struggle against the neo-Nazis was understood to be a revolutionary struggle as the Nazis were perceived as the storm-troopers of the pre-fascist Federal Republic. This system would make use of the Nazis to suppress social and radical left movements. In the 1980s it was possible to achieve wide mobilisation with this analysis. In the early 1990s, however, as a wave of pogrom-like riots and attacks on asylum seekers swept through the country, the radical left found that with this analysis it was not in a position to do anything against it. Racist and fascist ideas seemed to be held by a large part of the population.

Under the impression that the autonomous movement lacked the ability to intervene, many activists founded small autonomous Antifa groups. In order to combine their potentials and become capable of action of a national level, in 1992 they founded the ‘Antifaschistische Aktion-Bundesweite Organisation’ (AABO) and a little later the ‘Bundesweites Antifatreffen’ (BAT). The AABO attempted to establish a stable organisation while the BAT aimed purely at creating a network of autonomous groups. Both attempts proved successful in mobilising large numbers of people against the few Nazi marches which took place in the 1990s. Their meaning decreased significantly, however, as nationwide mobilisation against Nazi marches became problematic, due to the sheer number of marches taking place. In addition, analysis hadn’t advanced much further from the 1980s. Antifa was understood as ‘der Kampf ums Ganze’ (‘the struggle against the system as a whole’): by attacking the most reactionary parts of society a blow would be struck against the whole system. This lacking analysis was proved dramatically wrong during the time of the Red-Green coalition.

When racist attacks in Germany peaked in the 1990s the state and police became increasingly active against neo-Nazi groups. In 2000, you had the ‘Antifa-Summer’. What was that?

In 1998 the conservative government fell and was replaced by a coalition of the Social Democrats and the Green Party. This government, unlike the previous government, made the problem of neo-fascist organisation into a political issue, as well as racist and anti-Semitic attitudes in society. Following a failed bombing on a Dusseldorf Synagogue in 2000 came a wave of repression against the organised right. The most important action against the neo-Nazis was the government-initiated attempt to ban the NPD. Although this failed in the end, because too many leading NPD members turned out to be employed by the secret service, the trial led to a series of investigations, confiscations and a large sense of insecurity in the neo-fascist scene. In addition to this, the government pushed through a row of legal changes, which limited the right to demonstrate, banned certain fascist symbols and made it easier for the government to ban organisations which were opposed to the constitution. In the end the government made millions of Euros available for education against racism and anti-Semitism. On a governmental level, the democratic parties in many parts of Germany agreed not to work with representatives of the extreme right-wing parties. The conservative party also often took part in this agreement.

How was the state’s anti-fascism different from that of the Antifa movement? Why was the state suddenly interested in tackling the neo-Nazi problem?

The reasons why the state moved against fascist structures are complex. A major reason is that the government had recognised that it was damaging to the investment climate to have gangs of armed Nazis wandering the streets, or to have fairly openly national socialist parties sitting in the local government. This was especially the case as just at this time foreign investment was urgently needed in East Germany, in order to halt the total decay of the region’s economy.

But also important was that in the time of the Red-Green coalition the German self-identity had changed. While the years after the war were still marked by a denial of guilt, from the 1990s on Auschwitz and National Socialism became an integral component part of the German identity. The responsibility for National Socialism and the Shoah was not only acknowledged but also turned into something which could be utilised for the German identity. The reunited Germany, redeemed from its past misdeeds, and with ‘the experience of two dictatorships’ behind it, could enter the world as a democratic state. In this way the German attack on Yugoslavia during its civil war was justified, as the Serbians were supposedly planning a second Auschwitz for the Kosovans. On the other hand the new German democracy refers to the Eastern Bloc, the ‘second German dictatorship’, to stress the lack of alternatives to the bourgeois capitalist system. In this tense relationship between a newly formed totalitarianism theory and the striving for a good position on the world market stands the new German political outlook. To this also belongs the public memorials to the victims of National Socialism, as well as the German victims of air raids and expulsions in a ‘European history of suffering’. Also belonging to this are the interventions in Yugoslavia and Afghanistan, as likewise the German push for the strengthening of the European border regime. And, finally, also belonging to this are the decided measures against neo-Nazis, who threaten the new German self-confidence and the state’s monopoly of violence.

How did radical anti-fascists react to this? Did it strengthen or weaken the movement?

The state’s action against neo-Nazis led the antifascist movement to an identity crisis. If fascist and neo-Nazi groups had up till then been seen as the storm-troopers of the system, who were supposed to suppress social movements on the government’s behalf, now, at the latest, the radical left had to confront the fact that Antifa was not ‘der Kampf ums Ganze’. A part of the radical left denounced the state’s action as hypocritical. It was pointed out that despite the state’s measures against neo-Nazis there remained in society a right-wing consensus. This consensus was supposedly based on a continuity of the concepts of national socialism, which were still virulent in society. This would express itself in the ‘volkisch’ (blood based nati
onalism) German foreign policy, for example the early recognition of Croatia and the support for the Palestinian cause, as well as in a tendency to historical revisionism. The state’s actions against Nazis were seen as hypocritical as the social structures on which both the German national project and the Nazis were based, were left untouched.

Another part of the antifascist movement accepted that the struggle against fascists offered no revolutionary perspectives and attempted to sharpen their opposition to the system in other ways. In particular the criticism of capitalism came into the foreground. Capitalism was now analysed as a complex network of social relationships, which are structurally prone to crisis. Neo-Nazis provided a negative solution to this inherent tendency of capitalism towards crisis. This solution, however, was based on a mistaken and structurally anti-Semitic analysis of the way capitalism integrates individuals into society and therefore not only had no emancipatory potential but had the potential to create something far worse than bourgeois capitalist society. For this reason neo-Nazis had to be fought, even though this fight had no revolutionary perspectives. These should instead be sought in a confrontation with bourgeois-democratic society.

While the following heavy debates seriously reduced the ability of the radical left to mobilise for years to come, and the resultant insecurity mobbed many antifascists to retire from politics, these tremors opened up the critical examination of the left’s own positions and in the end led to a strengthened theoretical confrontation with the basics of radical left politics.

How, in your group, do you think of anti-fascism now? Did you reconceptualise it to distinguish yourselves from liberal, bourgeois anti-fascism?

TOP Berlin comes out of the tradition of autonomous Antifa groups and still has in this field its greatest potential to mobilise. Accordingly we have intervened in the antifascist movement and taken part in antifascist protests. In the process we have always tried to insist on our own critique of mainstream society. Two examples of this: On 1 May 2008 Nazis demonstrated in Hamburg for ‘Volksgemeinschaft’ (blood based national community’) and against capitalist globalisation. In meetings and texts before the protest, we tried to work out a critique of the volkisch and anti-Semitic positions of the Nazis. In addition, we took part in the direct action against the march in Hamburg. Another mobilisation was against the ‘Anti-Islamisation Congress’ organised by an extreme right-wing party in Cologne, in collaboration with other European extreme right-wing parties. We undertook a nationwide mobilisation with the nationwide communist ‘ums Ganze’ federation, in which TOP Berlin is organised. In articles and in our own congress we tried to work out what role a culturalist understanding of society plays for the German national narrative. With this we wanted to fight not only the thinly masked racism of the extreme right, but also the everyday nationalism of mainstream German society. As well, we presented a criticism of Islamism as a reactionary crisis solution. The ‘ums Ganze’ federation took part in the protests by organising a large demonstration on the eve of the congress.

These two mobilizations display well our approach. We take part in antifascist protests, but try with theoretical content to lay a basic critique and bring this into the movement.

What has that meant practically? Has the focus of your activities changed?

TOP Berlin was only formed in 2007 before the G8 summit in Heiligendamm. Therefore our group positions haven’t been affected by the Antifa Summer. But in contrast to its predecessor groups, Kritik und Praxis and Antifaschistische Aktion Berlin, we try to initiate more of our own campaigns, instead of following the fascists’ movements. In 2009 with ums Ganze we have initiated an anti-national campaign with the motto ‘Staat. Nation. Kapital Scheisse. Gegen die Herrschaft der falschen Freiheit’ (‘State. Nation. Capital. Shit. Against the dominance of the false freedom’). As part of this campaign we have published a book on the criticism of the state, organised a series of events on the critique of the nation and called for a nationwide demonstration against the celebrations of the 60th birthday of the foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany. In the second half of the year ums Ganze and TOP Berlin will mainly work on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall and broaden our criticism of the nation to a criticism of real existing socialism. Besides this we will hold our second Marx Autumn School and devote ourselves to the second volume of Capital.


TOP (Theory. Organisation. Praxis) is a Berlin-based antifascist, anti-capitalist group. They are part of the “…ums Ganze!” alliance (http://umsganze.blogsport.de) which consists of more than ten groups from all over Germany. Parts of this text are based on a paper written prior to the G8 summit which can be found in English at www.top-berlin.net. To get in touch with them write to mail (at) top-berlin.net.

October 22, 2009
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The farce is over, and although we didnt really want to believe it that which was expected happened. The three comrades have been found guilty and sentenced to jail terms of three and a half years for two comrades, and three years for the third.

Tonight at 19:00 there are demonstrations in both Hamburg (S-Bahnhof Sternschanze) and Berlin (U-Bahn Kottbusser Tor).

At this point, here is a (very rushed!) translation of todays press release from the „Einstellung“ working group/coalition (the defense campaign for the accused). You can find the german version here

„The trial of Axel, Florian, and Oliver as alleged members of the „militant group“ began over one year ago. All three of them were, together with Andrej, arrested in Summer of 2007. The investigation in Andrejs case is still continuing.

Today, Axel, Oliver, and Florian were condemned of attempted arson as members of the „militant group“ and sentenced to three and a half years (in two cases), and three years (in one case) in prison. They leave the courtroom after over 60 trial dates having refused all acts of compromise, and are now to be punished for their committed resistance against German war policies.

Since the arrests in 2007, the coalition for the „Einstellung“ (Discontinuation) of the 129a investigation has been acting as a political accompaniment to the developments related to the trial. Since the beginning of this trial, our priority has been not only to draw attention to the issues of state surveillance and persecution of political activists, but also to the issue of antimilitarism.

For this reason, we will not at this point discuss the ridiculous line of argumentation and logic used by „BAW“ and the court to justify this verdict. We will also not make reference to the harassment of those who attended the trial. Only this much: In our opinion, the defense lawyers decision to renounce making closing arguments was correct and consistent.

Despite the repressive scenario of a „special“ court, antimilitarist resistance has during this trial gained a more widespread presence. In the last years, resistance against military operations and the civil-military cooperation has increased. Protests against war have taken a clearer and more engaged character, withouth peaceful protest and militant resistance being played against one another. This has also been noticeable in the solidarity which has been expressed from very different political poles.

Despite this, during the trial it has not been possible to pose the question of legitimate resistance to military operations. Few media outlets took up the subject of „political evidence,“ or made the connection between that, and what is daily practice in this country as well as internationally. Neither the war operations of the German military, nor their presence in schools, universities, and on the streets such as in 2007 during the G8 summit in Heiligendamm have been made an issue in the media, or associated with the increasing protests against them. In other countries, such as for example Ireland, individuals have been freed after trials because of sabotage against tools of war, with the explicit argument that these acts prevented worse crimes. This is a debate which is still to be had here. Regardless, we look forward to the continuation of the antimilitaristic struggle.“

Complete background infos on the case (only in German) can be found on the website of the „Einstellung“ coalition.