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.
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!
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)
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
From the local media we learn that at about 9pm on 31st December, a wild demo went around the walls of San Vittore with graffiti on the walls and slogans for the prisoners. Then some pranksters among the demonstrators slipped a few fire crackers through the prison guards’ post box; two screws who were there were taken to hospital for an ENT check and later discharged with a 10-day prognosis.
1st January. Some private cars belonging to municipal policemen, recognizable by the Municipal Police tag, were damaged on New Year’s Eve in Via Bologna. The perpetrators, probably two people, were masked and seen on a CCTV camera. Windscreen smashed, scratches on the car body and some jumping on the bonnet for a joyous and vandalistic beginning of the year.
To carry on the antifascist discourse in Saronno, to give space to past events not only as historical memory but above all as an inspiration for action today – the presentation of this book, edited by “El Rùsac”.
From the back cover
“My libertarian maturity came from a scientific and personal analysis that I had made in my youth, and my revolt was soon channelled against authority, fascism, capital, the State, abuse, the exploitation of man over man, against all the things that didn’t let me breathe and feel myself an individual.”
Belgrado Pedrini’s story is not only being reprinted to talk about his actions, but to show the way that and the feelings with which these actions were carried out. Many comrades’ stories are thrilling and adventurous, but if they remain in the reader’s imagination, the meaning of their actions, the passing on of their experiences, becomes mere literature.
Simplicity, modesty, constant revolt and unconditional solidarity with those who suffered, led Belgrado to difficult dangerous roads.