June 8, 2010
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>on june 21 will be the trial of the french rioters in paris suburbs in 2007

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“It must be that the truth rises from the slums, since only come from above but lies. “
Louise Michel, 1890.

November 25, 2007, Villiers-le-Bel. Two boys are killed by cops, several subsequent nights of rioting during which dozens and dozens of cops are directly attacked and injured, some seriously. The honor of the national police was hit in the heart, but their shame contributes to our happiness. Three months later, in 1500 and journaflics cops arrive on site, buckle the city and arrested about thirty persons on the basis of anonymous complaints and paid by the cops. Many will pay for disorders with sentences of several years in prison. On June 21, the four remaining indictees spend in court, accused of shooting at the cops. They already languishing in jail for two years.

No need to call on Madame sun to know they are condemned in advance by the class justice for which disorder and rebellion are unforgivable crimes. Through it, the whole democracy that takes revenge on her side unable to manage.
One thing is certain: it is simple, according to some data, to choose sides with clarity. We decided to revolt, because we expect nothing of the institutions: neither respect nor truth nor justice.

Clearly, these few nights of riots have cracked the social peace, as in November 2005 or in Greece, all the anger and frustration that explodes the daily receipts at night are the cars of cops crament, cops targeted to buckshot and Molotov, government buildings torched.

Wherever we are, let us also burst our rage and take our courage in both hands, because it destroys us is everywhere, our enemies are within our reach. This social peace can be imposed by the state violence is also forged our own helplessness and lowered our eyes against the arrogance of the mob, the condiments, judges, big brothers, teachers, small heads and managers aware of all kinds.

The game is worth the candle.

Neither justice nor peace.
That burst scales, that the social war prevails.

the trial

June 8, 2010
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>Pirate Radio Berlin 08.06.2010

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The police raid in the housing project at Boediker Str. 9 in Berlin, because of the Pirate Radio, during the Action Day “Enter Media Spree” at 5th June, ended with about 25 arrests, unreasonable accusations and their inability to find the broadcasting equipment.

At around 17.00, the police invaded the building of Boediker Str. 9, in order to confiscate the broadcasting equipment of the action radio. Despite having searched for hours, supported by two employees of the Public Networks Agency from Mainz, who were also there with their vehicle, the police couldn’t find the broadcasting equipment. Instead, they destroyed rooms of the building and broke several doors.

13 people were indiscriminately arrested, as they happened to be at this very moment at the stairs, in front of, or in the Action Infopoint at Bodiker str. 9. After the chief of the police force was informed by lawyers that the use of a frequency without a license by the District Media Authority is just a minor offence and not a crime, as he had initially claimed, he came up with a couple of absurd accusations, such as “causing serious physical injury due to the exposure to electromagnetic radiation” and “theft of electricity”, in order to legitimize the operation of the police in the building.

Later this evening, during the spontaneous solidarity assembly that took place in front of the building, 10 more people where arrested without reason. The police (of the 23rd and 24th squad) were extremely brutal, beating indiscriminately people and causing a serious head injury to at least one person, who had to be transferred with an ambulance.

This brutal tactic fits in the picture of the whole day, during which the police tried to prevent the protests against the Media Spree project. The same afternoon, the police attacked the van with the loudspeakers, after the end of the demonstration, as the action concept was supposed to be announced by the loudspeakers.
Nevertheless, the protests will go on and the people, despite the repression, hasn’t surrendered to the terrorization. The estate on Cuvry Str. (by IVG Real Estate) was successfully occupied and more than a thousand people took place in a creative “Enter Media Spree” day.

We will continue to support the contradictory opinion that the city needs.
In order to reach new coasts – for a free radio in Berlin
against the gentrification, the neoliberal restructuring of the city and the magnification of the flat rents

Berlin, 6th of June
your pirate radio

June 8, 2010
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>Security boosted at officers’ trial

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The two police officers on trial for the MURDER shooting of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos in December 2008 arrived at a court in Amfissa, central Greece, amid high security yesterday, a day after getting conditional release from custody.

Epaminondas Korkoneas and Vassilis Saraliotis, freed on Sunday after 18 months in custody, arrived at the courts in a van escorted by three counterterrorism officers. The block around the court building has been cordoned off and police are guarding the apartments where the two defendants are staying.

A coroner testifying as a witness for the Grigoropoulos family dismissed Korkoneas’s claim that he had shot into the air as a warning and not directly at the 15-year-old. According to Symeon Mesogitis, the wound left by the bullet in the teenager’s body and the deformities of the bullet itself rule out such a scenario.

June 8, 2010
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>Riot Attempt At Ajil Detention Depot Foiled

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June 7th, 2010

HULU TERENGGANU, June 6 (Bernama) — Police foiled an attempt by almost 200 Vietnamese and Myanmar inmates to riot and break out of the Ajil immigration detention depot here last night, sparked by a fight between two new Vietnamese inmates.

Eight Vietnamese inmates were injured in the incident, and the Vietnamese embassy has been informed.

Terengganu Immigration director Mahasan Mustapa said today the incident began at 9.30pm when two new Vietnamese immigrants started fighting and the others joined in.

“They tried to break down doors and break free from the depot, but their attempt was foiled. One door was torn down but they could not get past two other doors and a grille,” he told reporters.

The police brought the situation under control by midnight, he said.

Terengganu police chief Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said eight Vietnamese inmates were injured in the incident.

A fire truck from the Kuala Berang Fire and Rescue Station was sent to the depot during the commotion as a precaution should the inmates attempt to set fire to the building.

– BERNAMA

June 8, 2010
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>Goldstone Report to be used as defence at Decommissioners Trial

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The judge in the decommissioners trial at Hove Crown Court stated today that the jury would need to know the historical background to the trial. He recommended that a short summary of the Goldstone Report be submitted to the jury as part of the evidence for the defence. This is a highly significant decision as the report is extremely critical of both the Israeli Defence Force and Hamas. Of particular relevance to today’s trial is that it finds that war crimes were committed by Israel in its attack on Gaza in 2009. This strongly supports the defendants’ case and is of world significance for future trials.

Supporters of the decommissioners outside Hove Crown Court
Supporters of the decommissioners outside Hove Crown Court

Today the judge in the opening stages of the decommisioners trial at Hove Crown Court stated that the jury would need to be aware of the present situation in Gaza and of the circumstances during the Israeli attack in January 2009. He recommended that a short extract of the executive summary of the Goldstone Report be allowed as evidence for the defence and be presented to the jurors. In passing he mentioned the attack by the Israeli Defence Force(IDF) on the UN Relief and Works building during the conflict.

This is a highly significant development as the Goldstone Report is extremely critical of both /the IDF and of Hamas. Of particular relevance to the trial today is that the report states that war crimes were committed by Israel in its assault on Gaza. This strongly supports the fundamental argument of the decommissioners who have consistently said that they acted to prevent such crimes from being committed by the IDF. If this line of argument is accepted by the jury then the outlook is bright for the eight defendants in court today. It also has potentially historical significance for future trials both in th UK and the rest of the world.

June 8, 2010
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>Czech antifascists support people of Greece

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Social protests in Greece are a legitimate reaction against the failure of the politics of the capitalist elites – both Greek and European. The protests are an adequate answer to the bankruptcy of financial machinations and virtual speculations. They are a clear refusal of a scenario according to which those with the least share and the minimal profit bear the main brunt of responsibility for the gamble.

We support the struggle of the unprivileged people against the power and the financial oligarchies. We refuse chauvinistic with-hunt against the people fo Greece. The tragic death of the three employees of Marfin Bank must not become a pretense for the isolation of the social movement and for its blanket refusal.

What happens in Greece today can fall onto every other European country. Greece is not alone.

To express our support we hung a large size banner on the base of the former grand monument of Stalin which stands high above the Prague city centre.

In December 2008, a wall of the Greek embassy in Prague has been painted with anarchist slogans and a homage was made in honor of Alexandros Grigoropulos. A few weeks ago, there was an attempt by an unknown individuals to firebomb the embassy and a letter of support for all Greek anarchist prisoners of war was send to the independent media.

Struggle continues

Antifascist Action Czech and Slovak Republic

June 7, 2010
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>TheTwo cops of murder of alexandros grigoropoulos freed on bail 6/1 greece

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The two police officers on trial for the murder shooting of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos in December 2008 received conditional

release from custody yesterday. The judge in the Amfissa court where the trial of Epaminondas Korkoneas and Vassilis Saraliotis is

being held has ruled that the two suspects should be freed on bail as they have completed 18 months in custody. Both men have

been barred from leaving the central Greek town and will have to report to the local police station regularly until a verdict is delivered.

They have been on trial – Korkoneas for shooting Grigoropoulos, Saraliotis for being an accomplice – since February.
NO JUSTICE NO PEACE FUCK THE POLICE!

June 7, 2010
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>Florence, Italy: on State’s terrorism and some subversive on trial.

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The Italian media repeat the same refrain: your life is under threat, you must be scared. The ideology of security places all of us in a world of ghosts. Punks, foreigners, vandal kids are other actors in this comedy of horror. Journalists recruited by various bosses instil the fear of the diverse and encourage the lynching of the poor. The victims of this murderous ideology follow one another like in a war bulletin: extremely overcrowded jails, murders committed by cops, torture in police stations, detention camps for immigrants, fascist aggressions. No surprise, then, if the journalists of capital yell the need for security and their desire for cameras in every street and soldiers in every piazza.

It is them, the bosses, who need security. This rotten society, where millions of people do not even have the certainty to make ends meet, generates anger against the responsible of the generalized disaster: politicians and capitalists. Social control, therefore, is the last resource left to this totalitarian democracy in the hands of multinationals. There’s nothing else they can offer.

Rightwing politicians invoke the use of truncheons, whereas the leftists make appeal to an abstract legality. On the one hand, businessmen and administrators ‘s financial crimes are tolerated; on the other, there is no mercy towards all the poor and undesirable, “criminals” guilty of passing a border without documents, of occupying empty buildings, of selling counterfeit goods. And sometimes – which is even worse! – guilty of organising themselves in order to struggle against the arrogance of the powerful engaged in a total war on everything that smells freedom and life.

As a consequence, the gang of the PD [the major centre-left political party] in Florence threaten the eviction of all occupied spaces and call upon the police to suppress all those passionate people who cannot resign to the dirty games of power, such as the clearance sale of public spaces, the eco-devastation aimed at high speed railway projects, the construction of a new immigration detention centre. Great transformations and huge interests, which need the elimination of the poor, the subversive and the angry people. On July 1 2010, in Florence, a jury will decide whether to charge with conspiracy (subversive association) some of these angry people.

Accused of committing a series of actions, occupation of buildings and non-authorized demonstrations, 19 anarchist comrades risk a trial based on the anti-terrorism law: the infamous article 270bis of the Italian penal code, which has allowed the State to lock up its sworn enemies on a number of occasions.

Beyond penal codes, tribunals and laws created to divide, criminalize and dominate the exploited, we re-confirm what we have always said: the real terrorists are those who terrorise in order to preserve power and profit.

THE REAL TERRORIST IS THE CAPITAL, THE REAL TERRORIST IS THE STATE!

Anarchists

June 7, 2010
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>Sodexo Attacked in Montreal (Canada)

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7 June 2010

“In the early hours of June 7th, some anarchists smashed the windows of a Sodexo office in Montreal. Sodexo is the parent company that makes food for Canadian prisons.

Prison is much more than fours walls of the a vile institution; prison as a condition is reflected and reproduced in the world that surrounds us.

It is the cameras on every street corner surveilling our comings and goings; it is the DNA and fingerprint databanks that record our most personal details; it is the borders and constant threat of detention and deportation that would keep us from freely choosing where we want to live.

To Sodexo (and all others that contribute to the upkeep and functioning of prisons) we say screw you and your choice of ham and cheese or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, when what we really want is to burn the prisons to the ground.

With love and solidarity.”

June 5, 2010
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>About activism in Bulgaria – May 2010

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We received an e-mail asking about the situation in Bulgaria. So we will use a recent protest as an example for it.

First Bulgaria is not Greece although they are neighbours. It is sad to say but no matter how hard situation is most people in Bulgaria do not take to the streets. There are different explanations about this. Some claim the bolshevik regime is to blame. Bolsheviks ruled Bulgaria between 1944 and 1989 and they rule it with iron fist. A lot of older bulgarians still remember it and are afraid to protest. Young people are not afraid as most of them were still not born in that time but they are brainwashed by capitalist propaganda. A lot of young people believe that all left movements are bad and hypocritical like bolsheviks and the only solution is market economy and western-type of “democracy”. Also most of nowadays politicians, policemen and businessmen are the same that ruled before 1989 and they surely know how to break any dangerous social movement from the inside.

The global economic crisis hit Bulgaria almost as hard as Greece. The government started to cut social fundings, fundings for health care and education. They announced that they are going to cut fundings for Bulgarian Academy of Science and University of Sofia with 25%. So a protest against this was organized on 11 May 2010. Some hundreds people gathered in front of the University. A small group of anarchist students were also present with their own banner. But organizers of the protest send university guards tried to push them out of the protest. And who were the organizers ? They were persons close to the government, the university administration and official student organizations. This is not the first cut for the education – before some months government reduced education budget. No one from the organizers protested then. But we have already seen this trick. Government tell them to protest now so the government may say something like this “Ok, we will not cut 25% of the money, we will cut only 10%”. And the “organizers” will declare victory – “We prevent the big cut of 25%, they will only cut 10%”. That is why they hate anarchists and everyone who can think independently – because we can see their dirty tricks.

It is not a big deal that the fuckers tried to push anarchists out of the protest (they actually failed). Much more big treat is the behaviour of some other activists. Most of the student organizations are “official”, they are approved by the power. There are only one informal grass-root organization. It is small and there are a lot of young communists in it but still it is an anternative. But after the protest of 11 may they blamed anarchists too. They said “this is not the right way anarchists should protest” (sic). Why do they act like this ? Maybe they are so ideologically blind that they believe a big protest with brainwashed people is better than a small protest with independently thinking people. Or…they are used by someone else ? As we say cops and politicians know very well how to break any social movement from inside.

It seems for now that the only things that the power cannot cope with are small individual acts of rage against the system. That is why stealing from work, vandalizing buildings, small sabotages and “madman acts” are so popular in Bulgaria. If you act alone or with some trusted friends there are no one who can betray you. At that moment in Bulgaria this is the only form of resistance that matters.

June 5, 2010
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>Policemen attacked Greece 04/5

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A group of policemen were set upon by around 45 villagers in Anogeia, Crete, yesterday when they burst into a house in the area to investigate the source of gunshots heard. The villagers beat the policemen, using sticks and iron bars, leaving some of the officers with significant injuries. The assailants fled after the scuffles but police said that at least six of them are known offenders and would be traced.

June 5, 2010
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>News update for comrade Simos Seisidis

>Those who attended the gathering in solidarity to comrade Simos Seisidis found themselves faced with all departments of the Police yesterday afternoon as “Evaggelismos hospital” became more of a police show rather than a hospital.
Comrades shouting slogans of solidarity are surrounded by many squads of MAT riot police before they even reached the main gate of the hospital, and their demand to speak with the director of the hospital or a representative is not satisfied
According to media reports, before and during a solidarity demonstration for S. Seisidis more arrests and controls were made.
Meanwhile, the Initiative for Prisoners’ Rights, in a statement entitled “The rights of Simos Seisidis are no less than others”, calls the doctors responsible for his life to do this properly and to do what is required by medical ethics, unaffected, as required, by police terrorist scenarios and suggestions.
Notes that Seisidis still needs blood and in the three hospitals where they looking for it (Hippocrates, CAT and Evangelism) every sort of police force (blue, green, black, unmarked but still) is paraded, making difficult or canceling all medical and psychological support for our comrade.
Finally, it states that the 33 year old man is “under permanent police terrorism, and close relatives who are constantly visiting undergo humiliating inspections and violations.
Permanent cops guard the room, prohibiting even radio and television and other forms of communication. At the same time, with impunity, they send pictures via sms of Simon during intimate moments of his physical needs and medical care. “…………………….. A.K.M.

June 5, 2010
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>Residents clash with police, hijack buses in Mexico's Tepito barrio

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la plaza, June 2, 2010

Scores of residents in the tough Tepito neighborhood of downtown Mexico City clashed with riot police Tuesday night in a chaotic brawl sparked by unconfirmed reports of child kidnappings. The crowds, mostly young men and boys, many with their faces covered, threw stones and crude Molotov cocktails at police in several sections of the infamous barrio, at El Universal.
Elsewhere in the area, a crowd of young people identified as being from Tepito stopped and carjacked an empty city tour bus. The bright red Turibus double-deckers, decorated with images of major landmarks in Mexico City, are fixtures in traveler-friendly districts of the capital. The hijacking mob rode around downtown, packed inside the double-decker, which was not carrying paid passengers, before police were able to take control of the vehicle and make dozens of arrests.
Two other municipal buses were also reported being taken over by crowds in Tepito. A total of 77 people — 31 of them under 18 years of age — were detained and still being processed on Wednesday, authorities said in a statement. As many as 700 police officers participated in the operations Tuesday night.
The confrontations began after Tepito residents blocked a major intersection in protest over what they say is a rash of kidnappings of toddlers and small children that is spreading fear through their neighborhood’s choked streets. But the police say the initial case was based on a false report, and are now seeking to detain a father for possibly lying to authorities. On Wednesday afternoon, the daily Reforma reported that the mother of the supposedly abducted children confessed the story is untrue. The two toddlers are safe, police told the paper.
The residents of Tepito, however, remain convinced that kids are being snatched.

June 4, 2010
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>Police hold man suspected of shooting dead judge in courthouse

>june 04/6

The shooting took place yesterday in a Brussels courthouse and the gunman fled on foot, setting off a manhunt in the Belgian capital.

Police said today that they had detained a man in a park after the shooting and recovered a weapon. They did not release details about his identity.

The victims in Thursday’s shooting were identified as Judge Isabelle Brandon and her clerk Andre Bellemans.

They were shot at the end of a hearing and the gunman then fled from the courthouse.

June 4, 2010
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>UK Border Agency offices in Derby D-Locked (UK)

>2 June 2010

“The UK Border Agency offices in Derby were d-locked last night. And a written message was left.

This action was carried out in solidarity with the European wide week of actions against the deportation machine,

We believe that acts of resistance -both large and small- against those who profit from and those who facilitate the

deportation machine should be carried out whenever and wherever possible.

Fuck the Deportation Machine”

June 4, 2010
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>Greek anger against Zionist murders

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Corrie family ‘heart-sick and outraged’ by flotilla raid

Ma’an News

June 2, 2010

Bethlehem – Ma’an – The parents of an American activist killed in Gaza say they are devastated over Israel’s deadly raid on an international aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip.

“We are heart-sick and outraged about the brutal attack launched by the Israeli Military on the Free Gaza Movement’s flotilla of boats,” Cindy and Craig Corrie said in a statement.

“The boats were carrying civilian passengers and humanitarian aid into the besieged Gaza Strip, and were clearly in international waters when this illegal attack occurred, in violation of international law,” they said.

The number of dead and injured are still unconfirmed, but lowest figures reported are nine killed and 34 injured. Israel has not released their names. Over 700 citizens from nearly 40 countries were on board.

A woman is hit by a fragment of a tear gas canister shot by French   anti-riot policemen near the Israeli embassy in Paris on May 31, 2010   during a demonstration against Israel's deadly raid on an aid  flotilla  bound for Gaza Strip.

A woman is hit by a fragment of a tear gas canister shot by French anti-riot policemen near the Israeli embassy in Paris on May 31, 2010 during a demonstration against Israel’s deadly raid on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza Strip.

31 May 2010 — – “Israelis Gone Wild” Racist, Zionist Scum [NOT All Israelis & NOT All Jews] have a block party outside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv celebrating yet ANOTHER War Crime committed by the Nuclear Armed, International


EMERGENCY demonstrations were called in at least fourteen Greek cities last night, after the atrocious attack by Israeli commandos on the Free Gaza ships, reports From The Greek Streets.

In Athens, the Greek government, otherwise “quick to condemn” the attacks, had no hesitation in preempting an attack on those who gathered outside the Israeli embassy in Athens.

Riot police guarding the embassy, according to eye-witnesses, were in full gear and fully masked up before the demonstration had started: the attack on the demonstration that followed was planned.

Most of the Greek activists who were on board have landed in Athens this morning. Michalis Grigoropoulos, a sailor on the ship “Free Mediterranean” stated the following at Athens airport:

“You know, of course, that we had a pirate attack against us. What I want to tell you, is that comrades from our Incentive have been tortured. I refused to sign any document and was deported against my will. I was put in isolation.

“I denounce the Zionist state for yet another crime against humanity. We saw from afar the onslaught by the commandos of the Zionist army on the Turkish ship of the Freedom Flotilla.

“I denounce the Greek government, which left the Greek ships and the Greek citizens unprotected. A huge popular movement must now be formed, which will demand the release of all hostages and the return of our ships. Solidarity to the Palestinian People must grow. Palestinian Resistance must win, and it shall win.

Meanwhile, in his blog The Cutting Edge, author Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed writes: “Many of those activists being shot at while they slept, didn’t wake up.

“Many of those that did wake up, woke up bleeding and wounded. Many tried to defend themselves in whatever way they could, obviously terrorising their commando-attacks even more, unleashing further bloodshed.

“Under Netanyahu, the IDF has become increasingly unhinged. Utterly incapable of grasping that its war crimes and crimes against humanity can no longer simply be dressed up as a fight against terrorists, when terror itself is a primary instrument of statecraft.

“Completely incapable of self-reflection or self-critique. Pathetically incapable of putting to rest the ‘final solution’ of the knee-jerk trigger-finger. It is a sign of things to come.”

freegaza by !@! 09:53pm, Tuesday June 1 2010

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June 4, 2010
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>Wednesday, 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.

June 3, 2010
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>Israeli Soldier Shoots American Art Student in Face

>May-31-2010

US activist loses eye after being shot in face with tear gas canister, she was protesting the deadly Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

US citizen Emily Henochowicz was shot directly in the face with a  tear gas canister as she non-violently demonstrated against the Flotilla  massacre
US citizen Emily Henochowicz was shot directly in the face with a tear gas canister as she non-violently demonstrated against the Flotilla massacre

(JERUSALEM ISM) – An American solidarity activist was shot in the face with a tear gas canister during a demonstration in Qalandiya, today. Emily Henochowicz is currently in Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem undergoing surgery to remove her left eye, following the demonstration that was held in protest to Israel’s murder of at least 10 civilians aboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters this morning.

21-year old Emily Henochowicz was hit in the face with a tear gas projectile fired directly at her by an Israeli soldier during the demonstration at Qalandiya checkpoint today. Israeli occupation forces fired volleys of tear gas at unarmed Palestinian and international protesters, causing mass panic amongst the demonstrators and those queuing at the largest checkpoint separating the West Bank and Israel.

“They clearly saw us,” said Sören Johanssen, a Swedish ISM volunteer standing with Henochowicz. “They clearly saw that we were internationals and it really looked as though they were trying to hit us. They fired many canisters at us in rapid succession. One landed on either side of Emily, then the third one hit her in the face.”

Henochowicz is an art student at the prestigious Cooper Union, located in East Village, Manhattan.

Henochowicz lost her left eye after being shot directly in the face with a
tear gas canister. Israeli soldiers are allowed to do this, even encouraged.

The demonstration was one of many that took place across the West Bank today in outrage over the Israeli military’s attack on the Gaza freedom flotilla and blatant violation of international law. Demonstrations also took place in inside Israel, Gaza and Jerusalem, with clashes occurring in East Jerusalem and Palestinian shopkeepers in the occupied Old City closing their businesses for the day in protest.

Tear gas canisters are commonly used against demonstrators in the occupied West Bank. In May 2009, the Israeli State Attorney’s Office ordered Israeli Police to review its guidelines for dispersing demonstrators, following the death of a demonstrator, Bassem Abu Rahmah from Bil’in village, caused by a high velocity tear-gas projectile. Tear-gas canisters are meant to be used as a means of crowd dispersal, to be shot indirectly at demonstrators and from a distance. However, Israeli forces frequently shoot canisters directly at protesters and are not bound by a particular distance from which they can shoot.

Israeli occupation forces boarded the Mavi Marmara, one of six ships on the Freedom Flotilla at 5 a.m. this morning, opening fire on the hundreds of unarmed civilians aboard. No-one aboard the ships were carrying weapons of any kind, including for defense against a feared Israeli attack in international waters. At least 9 aid workers aboard the ship have been confirmed dead, with dozens more injured. The assault took place 70 miles off the Gaza coast in international waters, after the flotilla was surrounded by three Israeli warships. The Freedom Flotilla, carrying 700 human rights activists from over 40 countries and 10,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid, was headed for the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip. The Israeli blockade on Gaza, combined with the illegal buffer zone, has put a stranglehold on the territory. 42% of Gazans are unemployed, and food insecurity hovers around 60% according to figures from the Palestine Centre for Human Rights.

Source: International Solidarity Movement