January 17, 2018
January 17, 2018
On 4th January 2018 about a hundred demonstrators blocked two Minermix cement mixers heading towards the TAP yard. The road block began at 5pm and managed to intercept two vehicles at crossroads between Melendugno and San Foca.
The block went on until 7.30pm. A couple of demonstrators also climbed on to the roof of one of the trucks and occupied it as the cement mixers’ water tanks leaked their contents on to the road. All attempts by police, carabinieri and finance police to clear a passageway proved fruitless.
When it became clear that the concrete was unusable the victorious demonstrators left of their own initiative. If cement is mixed for too long it cannot be used (normally after two hours). In fact the vehicles didn’t go on to the site but returned to their premises to pour out their cargo, now unfit for use.
On Sunday 17th December the third meeting to organize solidarity with the comrades investigated for the demo at Brenner was held in Monza. First of all the initiatives carried out on 12th December to link the remembrance of the Piazza Fontana massacre to the massacres carried out today by the Italian State against those trying to flee from Libya were gone over briefly. Even if they were mostly small initiatives, the good point is that they were held in a dozen cities simultaneously, at least breaking the deafening silence over what the Italian government and ENI are doing in Africa (among other things the meeting was held right in a disused ENI petrol station, which had been occupied a few days earlier).
Added to the intervention in Libya there is now another one in Niger, again under the pretext of the ‘struggle against human traffickers’. A military intervention – decided hurriedly before the end of the legislation, as proof of the interests at stake – with quite an emblematic name: ‘operation shutters’. Now that the role of Italian capitalism has been reaffirmed in Libya, they are now looking at the bordering countries in the south, thus making the ex-colony an open prison.
13.01.18: During the early hours of January 12, 2018 a series of explosive and incendiary attacks shake the capital just 3 days before the arrival in Chile of Pope Francis, rotten leader and head of an institution stained with blood and founded on torture, looting and inquisitions.
1) Arson attack against the Santa Isabel de Hungria Parish located on 99 Las Catalpas street in Central Station commune.
Anonymous attackers jumped the fence at around 00:15hrs leaving an incendiary device that managed to seriously damage the door and a stained glass window. The fire was extinguished by priests and neighbours preventing the Parish from being completely burned down.
At the scene leaflets claiming the action were found, GOPE (Special Operations Group Police) and Labocar (Scientific / Forensic Police) quickly arrived but were unable to make any arrests.
2) Explosive attack on the Capilla Cristo Chapel located on 2167 Peninsula street in Peñalolén commune.
At around 03:10AM, an explosive device consisting of gun powder compressed inside a fire extinguisher detonates damaging part of the external gate and a side wall next to the main door.
Leaflets claiming the action were found at the scene. GOPE and Labocar personnel arrived to examine the remains of the device without being able to make any arrests.
3) Explosive attack against the Emmanuel Chapel, Santos Apóstoles Parish located on 4068 Salzburg street in the commune of Recoleta.
At 3:20hrs an explosive device consisting of gun powder compressed in a metal cylinder is detonated after unknown attackers picked the lock of the entrance door to the chapel, damaging the door and breaking glass.
from Musaferat blog
The period of time that followed the previous update has been tense in every sense of the word. The expectedly increased autumn arrivals, combined with the Greek state policy of caging the migrants on the islands, have brought back to life images of living hell in the detention centres of the islands. Local racist and fascist voices, freed from the “compassionate” gaze of summer visitors, found once more the time and place to impose on public space. Local authorities decided to reshuffle the deck, claiming the major political benefits that they could extract from the situation. Two new deaths were added to the already long list of deaths in the detention centres on the island. At the same time, once more, there were some migrants who, defying threats and repression, stood tall.
The situation in Lesvos and detention centres
Moria’s detention centre keeps surprising us with just how much worse it can get. In the end of November there were more 7,500 people waiting in Moria, when the facilities of the centre are suitable for accommodating just 2,500. As a result, thousands ended up staying in summer and makeshift tents, even in the fields around the centre, at a time when rain, heavy winds and low temperatures had begun. The food provided is minimal and really bad, forcing most of the migrants to try and cook on their own on makeshift stoves. Hygiene conditions are deplorable, with about 30 shared toilets in an abject state to be used by almost everyone, and with access to water and electricity often limited to just a few hours per day. The people who stay there still face serious security issues, with frequent violent outbreaks, and the centre’s police forces leaving helpless attack victims without taking any kind of precaution. All this amplifies the feeling of desperation that is shared by most of them, all in the uncertainty concerning the process of their asylum applications. Applications that are being processed extremely slowly, with negative decisions being issued most of the time. The migrants’ main hope is that they will be granted “vulnerability status”, so that they can either be moved to the Kara Tepe camp which helps decompress Moria’s detention centre, or, at best, have their geographical restrictions for the island lifted off, so that they can be moved to mainland Greece.
About three thousand people without documents have been stopped, six hundred in 2017 alone, since strict controls by three police forces (Italian, German and Austrian) began in the Brenner Pass three years ago. Because of facial control done in Verona and Bolzano stations (in particular preventing anyone with black skin from boarding international Verona-Monaco OBB trains), many migrants are trying increasingly dangerous ways to get past the police, by walking along the railway or hiding on freight trains. For this reason six people have died so far, either crushed by trains or, as happened to a boy two weeks ago, electrocuted by high voltage over freight wagons. Not to mention those who almost die from exposure while attempting to cross the Brenner Pass on foot. They didn’t erect a barrier in Brenner, but the murderous shadow of that border extends over a much wider territory.
For this reason on Friday 5th January a group of comrades blocked the 5.59pm OBB train to Monaco. Speeches on the megaphone, smoke bombs and a banner on the railway, which read: “At Brenner and elsewhere, borders are killing people”. Talking of the vast grey zone of collaboration with the control and deportation machine, it must be noted that the train driver, annoyed at the protest, repeatedly tried to silence the megaphone speeches with the train signal. “But just like certain people did in the thirties to… ?” That’s what they did.
Translated by act for freedom now!
13.01.18: The latest information is that the comrade Tamara Sol made an escape attempt on January 12, 2018, leaving her with injuries caused by the latticework of razorwire and spikes that are mounted on the perimeter walls of the prison, as well as being assaulted by the prison guards.
Despite her wounds, the comrade has no life threatening injuries and after being held incommunicado in isolation, the comrade was transferred to Rancagua Prison, a prison that is notorious for its harsh conditions of confinement.
We will provide further updates as soon as more information becomes available.
Revolutionary Solidarity with Tamara Sol!
Strength, fortitude and tenacity for Tamara, her family and close friends!
In the face of the extermination centres and the torture of the prison guards: Riot and escape one thousand and one times!
(via Publicacion Refractario, translated by Insurrection News)
13.01.17: URGENT!! We were informed this morning that Tamara Sol was involved in an ATTEMPTED ESCAPE from Valparaíso Prison!!!! She is badly wounded, brutally beaten by Gendarmerie and is currently in isolation, incommunicado and awaiting tansfer to another prison.
Tamara has been under sanctions and without visits since early January following a fight, where she was the only one punished. It should be noted that this happened after having VERY GOOD CONDUCT and meeting her WORK REQUIREMENTS to get prison pivileges.
We call on you all to be attentive to what happens with our beloved Tamara and to the actions that we decide to take as a family to safeguard the integrity of our beloved daughter / granddaughter.
Here’s a little provincial tale. One that you can tell or not bother to. One of those things, serious and funny at the same time, which show the kind of world we live in … even in the provinces.
Let’s begin: a comrade of ours recently bought a new car. It should be said that he’s never been lucky with cars; not exactly concerning their mechanics but rather because of the insistent pranks of some joker. Once, for example, the comrade found a GPS for recording sound and movement inside the clock, and when this disappeared rancorous searches by the digos gave no results. Again, with a different car, a requisition of the vehicle (for administrative reasons) couldn’t be carried out because a pretty little device had been left in it by the forces of order…
And so on and so forth…
Of course, these stories might seem normal to us, but, if you look around you, it’s not all that normal…
For months the signs left by power spies seem to be anything but rare occurrences. As happened in some other cities during the noisy Christmas period, in Trentino too we found out who was hiding behind the strange note placed on two comrades’ cars. A couple of months ago we found microphones and GPS installed on the cars (photos1, 2, 3).
But another finding, decisively more disquieting, shocked us a little bit more. A few weeks later, in fact, we found a micro camera in the kitchen-living room of a home (photos 4 and 5).
All this was placed in a corner of the room, then covered with mortar leaving only a microscopic hole for the camera (photos 6, 7, 8, 9).
We think this second “surprise” is a step not to be overlooked. And it is therefore important to understand up to which point the dirty jobs made by Digos, or Ros according to the case, can stretch as they spy the comrades’ lives and private spheres. (Updates will follow)
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From the local press we learn that a ‘Firtree of legality’ set up by the Italian Police association in Piazza Ferrara, in the heart of Corvetto, was not appreciated this year either. A group of masked people set it on fire on New Year’s Eve.
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Once again from the dungeons of the State, the belly of the beast. In first instance and FIES I write these words, isolated but not alone, because I know that our values are far stronger than these bars that I have in front of me, that our love for freedom is a thousand times more worthy than their hatred and that there is not a wall that can separate us from our own.
I believe in many things and two of these have always been that anti-fascist self-defence is the most legitimate struggle and that a State that promotes fascism, racism, homophobia and a long etcetera will ruthlessly attack those who defend themselves. After being insulted in a racist way, attacked from behind by a man holding a knife and following a tragic ending, the machine starts rolling, the State becomes strong and knows that a lie told a thousand times becomes truth, at least for the majority who need it.
The attacker becomes the attacked, they invent a ridiculous excuse for the aggression (the braces) that does not even appear in the police investigation, the knife disappears and they try to hide the fascist and racist links. They shoot with their best weapon: patriotism. The danger on television is me, and they will tell this lie a thousand times, because they can and because they need it. I feel terrible impotence knowing myself a pawn in their game, but I do not despair, I know from experience that the truth comes to the surface, even if history is written by the powerful, the winners … for now.
I know that we will make more noise than them, that our bonds and solidarity are worth much more than their media and their walls. I continue to believe now more than ever in legitimate self-defence, in anti-fascism, in my brothers and sisters in the street, in our struggles, in my family, in my principles.
For all this and more, although I am here and after all that I am experiencing, I continue to feel lucky, because I know I can count on you, like you on me.
From the dungeons, isolated, but not alone.
Translated from Italian by Act for freedom now!
From the local press we learn that the monument to the Carabinieri in the “Caduti di Nasiriya” park [commemorating the ‘Fallen of Nasiriya’ in Iraq in 2003, when 13 Italian carabinieri, 4 Italian soldiers and 2 Italian and 9 Iraqi civilians were killed] was the target of three vandalistic attacks in the last month.
Between 16th and 17th December graffiti was left on the base of the monument: “Carabinieri in line”, which was claimed by anarchists. Between 30th and 31st December a marble sign in remembrance of carabinieri was smashed.
Between 3rd and 4th January graffiti was left on the monument: “Carlo Giuliani Park. Cops Murderers”.
It seems that the surveillance cameras system in the park is not working and it will be a difficult task to identify those responsible.
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January 11, 2018
In the morning of 04/01 in Volos, there was a coordinated operation to evict the Termita Squat. The eviction was made by the University of Thessaly and the police force of Volos and other forces of the region. During the eviction 3 comrades were arrested and released some hours later with the accusation of disturbance of domestic peace and the 6 buildings were demolished right after the operation.
We put here the text of Termita Squat that explains why it was targeted by the state and the university of Thessaly:
Squats are our liberated grounds, liberated from state control, in order to house our needs and desires; they are the structures which connect the struggle to society, which embody the vision of freedom and solidarity. They are meeting points for all those who question state and capitalism, who choose to collectivize outside the institutional framework. They are the ground on which communities of struggle are built, on terms of participation and equality. All this means that squats are not spaces of an alternative lifestyle, but a refuge in the midst of a war, for all those who are besieged by the world of authority. Especially for migrants, outside of self organized communities, the state maintains a special regime of repression: persecution, incarceration and deportation.
January 11, 2018
On the evening of 31 December 2017, some 300 comrades gathered outside the walls of Korydallos prison in Athens to join their voices with those of the prisoners.
Similar meetings took place outside the prisons of Larissa, Volos and the immigration detention centres in P. Rallis in Athens
From 16/10 the new Penitentiary Code is under public scrutiny, and in response to this legislative abortion, a coordinated mobilization of captives has been launched at national level.
The mobilization includes the women’s and men’s prisons of Korydallos, Stephanou Patras, the prisons of Chania, Larissa, Malandrinos, Domokos and Corfu.
On 28/10, comrade D. Yagtzoglou was arrested with a warrant issued by special investigator E. Nikopoulos for the case of the parcel bomb in Papademos, and is now detained in Larissa’s prisons under a regime of physical and political isolation.
Posted on 08/01/2018
This December the BGH (Federal Court) refused a revision of the sentence of our comrade Lisa. The sentence of 7 and a half years’ prison is therefore final.
The comrade wishes to be extradited to Spain as soon as possible, in order to be closer to her comrades. For now she remains imprisoned in the prison of Cologne.
On the other hand, that same month we learned that the Judiciary of Aachen has withdrawn its appeal against the acquittal of the Dutch comrade, after almost a year of waiting.
We are therefore very happy to have some good news at least! (more information can be found in solidariteit.noblog.org)
Our best weapon is solidarity!
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Posted on 08/01/2018
During the afternoon of January 3, 2018, a new political-cultural initiative was carried out in the village of Villa Francia in commemoration of the murder of Mapuche comrade Matías Catrileo at the hands of the bastard police.
During the initiative, anonymous hooded persons carried out an act of armed propaganda then withdrew from the area.
It is at that moment that plainclothes police who were in the vicinity of the initiative and in the village arrested comrades Fernando Droguett, Tomas Montenegro and Maitu Garay, who are accused of possession of two artisanal guns, a starting pistol, ammunition and a bulletproof vest. The police also arrested Gonzalo Toros Fernández – accusing him of being linked to this armed propaganda act, 62 year old Gonzalo is a former MIR member – and broke into his home, where according to press and police reports there was allegedly saltpeter, potassium, coal, sulphur, electric circuits with timers and mobile phones, as well as screw connectors.
16th December 2017
The last weekend before christmas we gave a present to the NPD fascist Herrmann Gutsche. Polyurethane foam and holes in the tyres of his Citroën guarantee festive days full of meditation.
Gutsche well deserved this antifa present. Since 2008 he’s been trying to make nazi propaganda in the municipality even if he can no longer count on the local NPD association to support him. Municipal elections are due on 16th May 2018.
There’s not time to wait for next christmas to give AFD and NPD fascists presents.
Talk about it, study the situation and attack!
The nazi pigs must pay for their nazi shit. Yesterday, today, tomorrow.
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Prisoner Maurizio Alfieri has informed us that at the end of December he was transferred from Poggioreale prison, where he had been in solitary confinement since April, to the prison in Carinola in the province of Caserta .
To write to him:
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