June 5, 2009
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New antiterrorist investigations in France – death of a comrade, serious injury repost | 05.06.2009 17:47 | Social Struggles With every passing day,

New antiterrorist investigations in France – death of a comrade, serious injury

repost | 05.06.2009 17:47 | Social Struggles
With every passing day, a new article about the recent death of a comrade in France appears in the bourgeois press. The story uncoils piece by piece. We will keep on following the events, therefore keep an eye on our website, as soon as any updates are available, they will be published there. For the ones, who speak French, are not in prison and have access to Internet, we recommend the website for the anarchist publication “Cette Semaine”, www.cettesemaine.free.fr (which is always worth reading). These words were written around the 15th of May.

We have tried to write down these few thoughts but we find it extremely difficult to express our feelings by words. However, we try it, especially since these facts have not yet been made public. At the beginning of May, we had to read sad news on a few French websites. During the night of the 1st of May, one comrade, Zoe, 24 years old, died in unclear circumstances while she was handling nitrium chlorate (a substance which can be adopted in order to build explosive devices or smokebombs – depending on how it is mixed). Her friend, Mickäel, suffered serious injuries and is now in an artificial coma in the intensive care department of Lyon Hospital, where he was brought by a helicopter. What will happen to him, in the case that he might wake again, is still unclear. The cops are already waiting without patience in the hospital and the vultures of the press are working to construct the figures of two “terrorists, who probably belong to the anarcho-autonomous movement”. At the time of the incident, both comrades were in an abandoned factory in Cognin, which lies in the surroundings of Chambery. They have been described by the press as “persons close to the libertarian milieu”. As we had to read on the newspapers, Mickäel has been active in Switzerland and was living in the squat “La Tour” in Geneva until its eviction in 2007. Zoe has also a history linked to squatting. Regarding Zoe, the authorities complain that “(they) did not find anything but her participation in a few political demonstrations”. On monday the 4th of May, their living environment, the squat “Les Pilots” in Chambery (a city close to Grenoble) was raided by 130 cops, antiterrorist units among them, with a brief to “find any kind of evidence”. The eleven people who found themselves in the squat at this moment have been interrogated. One of them, Raphael, was brought for a longer time to the police station. In fact, one can be kept up to 144 hours (six days) under the anti-terror law. Finally, he was transfered to prison after his interrogation by the judge responsible. As per usual, the investigations are now centered around “membership in an association of wrongdoers in contact with a terrorist association” and “destruction of documents or objects which could have a link to crimes or offences”. Raphael is accused of destroying a few documents related to the explosion in Cognin. Moreover, they suggest the squat “Les Pilots” should get evicted, in order to restore the order in the city. Since then two other squats have been raided and more people have been interrogated. A quote from a communique’ of the squat “Les Pilots”:”(…) There is a big chance for this event to be utilised by the State, in order to build further the “inner enemy”, the new “anarcho-autonomous cell”, now so fashionable and a psychosis en vogue. This will lead to the application of new security measures, especially now in regards to the upcoming European elections (…). Also for us, this story is not yet finished. Indeed, we are waiting for the next GAV ((”Gard a vue”, when one is arrested and awaits to see the judge to confirm or not the pretrial detention, can be up to 144 hours), we do not know yet what they look for and what point they are ready to go. It has been said, that they would look as well for an “older man” who is suspected to have been there on that night in Cognin. (…).” The magistrate who has the investigation in her hands is partly involved in the investigations against the so called “Tarnac 9”. Raphael has been transferred to the prison of Paris “La Sante” after he came before the judge. He sits now in the same wing as Julien Coupat, the last prisoner of the “Tarnac 9”. In Chambery, a support committee has been called together for Raphael and a solidarity demonstration for him took place with the participation of 200 people. Up until this point these are the facts we are aware of. In general, it remains quite difficult to understand what is going on in France, since there have not been yet any texts translated into other languages and it seems a certain “dormancy” surrounds the events. We got the largest part of our information from the bourgeois press, a thing we do not really like, since to us the words of our comrades are clearly much more trustful. Above all, we would wish to read more communiques which take a stand on the death of a comrade and the serious injuries of another. In fact, most of the texts published which we have been able to read (clearly this does not mean that we read them all) declare “we are not terrorists” (a quote from the “Les Pilots” squat) and concentrate on the attempted criminalization of other comrades by the State and its anti-terror troops. Certainly, we also declare the latter. It is important and necessary. In fact, we do know who the real terrorists are and where they sit in all commodity: police stations, tribunals, parliaments and so on. We find it quite sad the fact that we have been able to find only a few words spent on both comrades. Perhaps there remains little time to concentrate on them, especially when the State wraps those with any links to the two comrades immediately in repression. Surely, their closer comrades must be in a state beyond “shock” and we can understand when they do not feel like speaking a word in the public. But what is with all the others? We are quite shocked by the death of a comrade and the serious injuries to another, and we do not want to stay in silence before this… Here, from the distance, we find ourselves in a rather “privileged” position. Therefore, with these words we do not aim to “condemn” the behavior of the comrades there. In fact, as we have already said, we know so little about the situation, that we feel we can say very little about it, besides expressing some of the emotional impressions produced by such an event. Also, what one should not forget here, is that through a poor flux of information stemming directly from the “scene”, which would involve the usage of the existing autonomous medias, one makes the spreading of information and ideas the responsibility of the bourgeois medias. Such a monopoly will always be used in a way which will put us under a bad and defamatory light, certain information will be left on the side and false information filled in, in order to paint certain images before the populace. Therefore it is necessary to use our own medias so that we, as comrades, are not forced to be dependent on the bourgeois press. Do we know the comrades? Probably not, but that is not the question here. Surely, it could be that we have met somewhere on the barricades in Europe during the years, or simply while eating at a popular kitchen at some no border camp, who knows. For us is of even less interest to know what both of them did that night and what they were planning. In fact, our solidarity or sorrow will not change in regards to this. Like in the same way our bond with people who struggle against State and Capital will not change. We hope that people will not let themselves be frightened by the difficulty of the events and that we will be able to organise together the support for the other comrade, who lies right now in hospital, in the hands of the cops, and also to effectively fight back any act of repression which could take place any time soon. Clearly,
the authorities will not loose such an event from their field of vision and will keep on trying to push us into a “defensive” position by new investigations. Let us show them, that our revolt is unstoppable and that we are able to organise a new attack against the existent, despite being pushed in a defensive position. As we have often done in the past. The best way to mourn Zoe and support Mickäel remain the furthering of the struggle against the present conditions. We are not able to write down more, since one can not really express the sadness of the event by words or combatant slogans.

Raphaels adress: Raphaël SERRES numéro d’écrou : 290890 Maison d’arrêt de la Santé 42 rue de la Santé – 75014 Paris

french website: www.lesinculpes.over-blog.com

In mourning for Zoe, Our thoughts are with Mickäel and all those who mourn with us, Solidarity to Raphael Solidarity to all prisoners

From ABC Berlin

repost | 05.06.2009 17:47 | Social Struggles
With every passing day, a new article about the recent death of a comrade in France appears in the bourgeois press. The story uncoils piece by piece. We will keep on following the events, therefore keep an eye on our website, as soon as any updates are available, they will be published there. For the ones, who speak French, are not in prison and have access to Internet, we recommend the website for the anarchist publication “Cette Semaine”, www.cettesemaine.free.fr (which is always worth reading). These words were written around the 15th of May.

We have tried to write down these few thoughts but we find it extremely difficult to express our feelings by words. However, we try it, especially since these facts have not yet been made public. At the beginning of May, we had to read sad news on a few French websites. During the night of the 1st of May, one comrade, Zoe, 24 years old, died in unclear circumstances while she was handling nitrium chlorate (a substance which can be adopted in order to build explosive devices or smokebombs – depending on how it is mixed). Her friend, Mickäel, suffered serious injuries and is now in an artificial coma in the intensive care department of Lyon Hospital, where he was brought by a helicopter. What will happen to him, in the case that he might wake again, is still unclear. The cops are already waiting without patience in the hospital and the vultures of the press are working to construct the figures of two “terrorists, who probably belong to the anarcho-autonomous movement”. At the time of the incident, both comrades were in an abandoned factory in Cognin, which lies in the surroundings of Chambery. They have been described by the press as “persons close to the libertarian milieu”. As we had to read on the newspapers, Mickäel has been active in Switzerland and was living in the squat “La Tour” in Geneva until its eviction in 2007. Zoe has also a history linked to squatting. Regarding Zoe, the authorities complain that “(they) did not find anything but her participation in a few political demonstrations”. On monday the 4th of May, their living environment, the squat “Les Pilots” in Chambery (a city close to Grenoble) was raided by 130 cops, antiterrorist units among them, with a brief to “find any kind of evidence”. The eleven people who found themselves in the squat at this moment have been interrogated. One of them, Raphael, was brought for a longer time to the police station. In fact, one can be kept up to 144 hours (six days) under the anti-terror law. Finally, he was transfered to prison after his interrogation by the judge responsible. As per usual, the investigations are now centered around “membership in an association of wrongdoers in contact with a terrorist association” and “destruction of documents or objects which could have a link to crimes or offences”. Raphael is accused of destroying a few documents related to the explosion in Cognin. Moreover, they suggest the squat “Les Pilots” should get evicted, in order to restore the order in the city. Since then two other squats have been raided and more people have been interrogated. A quote from a communique’ of the squat “Les Pilots”:”(…) There is a big chance for this event to be utilised by the State, in order to build further the “inner enemy”, the new “anarcho-autonomous cell”, now so fashionable and a psychosis en vogue. This will lead to the application of new security measures, especially now in regards to the upcoming European elections (…). Also for us, this story is not yet finished. Indeed, we are waiting for the next GAV ((”Gard a vue”, when one is arrested and awaits to see the judge to confirm or not the pretrial detention, can be up to 144 hours), we do not know yet what they look for and what point they are ready to go. It has been said, that they would look as well for an “older man” who is suspected to have been there on that night in Cognin. (…).” The magistrate who has the investigation in her hands is partly involved in the investigations against the so called “Tarnac 9”. Raphael has been transferred to the prison of Paris “La Sante” after he came before the judge. He sits now in the same wing as Julien Coupat, the last prisoner of the “Tarnac 9”. In Chambery, a support committee has been called together for Raphael and a solidarity demonstration for him took place with the participation of 200 people. Up until this point these are the facts we are aware of. In general, it remains quite difficult to understand what is going on in France, since there have not been yet any texts translated into other languages and it seems a certain “dormancy” surrounds the events. We got the largest part of our information from the bourgeois press, a thing we do not really like, since to us the words of our comrades are clearly much more trustful. Above all, we would wish to read more communiques which take a stand on the death of a comrade and the serious injuries of another. In fact, most of the texts published which we have been able to read (clearly this does not mean that we read them all) declare “we are not terrorists” (a quote from the “Les Pilots” squat) and concentrate on the attempted criminalization of other comrades by the State and its anti-terror troops. Certainly, we also declare the latter. It is important and necessary. In fact, we do know who the real terrorists are and where they sit in all commodity: police stations, tribunals, parliaments and so on. We find it quite sad the fact that we have been able to find only a few words spent on both comrades. Perhaps there remains little time to concentrate on them, especially when the State wraps those with any links to the two comrades immediately in repression. Surely, their closer comrades must be in a state beyond “shock” and we can understand when they do not feel like speaking a word in the public. But what is with all the others? We are quite shocked by the death of a comrade and the serious injuries to another, and we do not want to stay in silence before this… Here, from the distance, we find ourselves in a rather “privileged” position. Therefore, with these words we do not aim to “condemn” the behavior of the comrades there. In fact, as we have already said, we know so little about the situation, that we feel we can say very little about it, besides expressing some of the emotional impressions produced by such an event. Also, what one should not forget here, is that through a poor flux of information stemming directly from the “scene”, which would involve the usage of the existing autonomous medias, one makes the spreading of information and ideas the responsibility of the bourgeois medias. Such a monopoly will always be used in a way which will put us under a bad and defamatory light, certain information will be left on the side and false information filled in, in order to paint certain images before the populace. Therefore it is necessary to use our own medias so that we, as comrades, are not forced to be dependent on the b
ourgeois press. Do we know the comrades? Probably not, but that is not the question here. Surely, it could be that we have met somewhere on the barricades in Europe during the years, or simply while eating at a popular kitchen at some no border camp, who knows. For us is of even less interest to know what both of them did that night and what they were planning. In fact, our solidarity or sorrow will not change in regards to this. Like in the same way our bond with people who struggle against State and Capital will not change. We hope that people will not let themselves be frightened by the difficulty of the events and that we will be able to organise together the support for the other comrade, who lies right now in hospital, in the hands of the cops, and also to effectively fight back any act of repression which could take place any time soon. Clearly, the authorities will not loose such an event from their field of vision and will keep on trying to push us into a “defensive” position by new investigations. Let us show them, that our revolt is unstoppable and that we are able to organise a new attack against the existent, despite being pushed in a defensive position. As we have often done in the past. The best way to mourn Zoe and support Mickäel remain the furthering of the struggle against the present conditions. We are not able to write down more, since one can not really express the sadness of the event by words or combatant slogans.

Raphaels adress: Raphaël SERRES numéro d’écrou : 290890 Maison d’arrêt de la Santé 42 rue de la Santé – 75014 Paris

french website: www.lesinculpes.over-blog.com

In mourning for Zoe, Our thoughts are with Mickäel and all those who mourn with us, Solidarity to Raphael Solidarity to all prisoners

From ABC Berlin

June 4, 2009
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A night in the prison cell Translator’s note: Yorgos Voutsis-Vogiatzis is an anarchist prisoner in Greece, held over an unsuccessful robbery. The sho

A NIGHT IN THE PRISON CELL

Death rattles follow one another; blood coming out from the mouth and nose. Pulses drop, the heart stops giving a signal. Kicks on the cell’s door, shouts. For ages we shout to the prison guards to open up – to no avail. The first one to arrive, a cold, cynical, prisoner of his constant fear of prison breaks via staged incidents and the many films that he’s been watching: he flatly refuses to unlock the door. Not even the sight of the bleeding person in a coma touches him. He had, he said, to inform the director first. Another ten minute delay and the heart of Spyros Gardiklis lasts no longer. The gates of the penitentiary house become synonymous to those of the Underworld. There is no stretcher to carry the dead, while it is a well know fact that once the cells are locked up, the medical staff disappear. The counting of the inmates is the final act. Today, Spyros was missing. The rest can only count our dead and some of us swear revenge.

Let’s tear down all prisons.

Goodbye Spyro.

Rural prisons of Kassaveteia, Volos, 4/6/09

Yorgos Voutsis-Vogiatzis

June 2, 2009
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Letter by anarchist A.Kiriakopoulos, who was captured during the days of the December uprising. He is one of the 6 people that still remain captives o

Five months after the explosive events of December, the mass arrests and the prosecutions that took place, six of us remain captives in the claws of the state.

Recently, the so called “justice state” and its servants decided to extend my pre-trial detention (remand) stating that what should come first is the extermination of my person and of my “criminal” activity and the protection of society. According to their characterization, I am a reckless and fanatical person. To sum it up they characterized me an enemy of society. But the enemies of society are all those who after the cold-blooded murder of comrade Alexis Grigoropoulos tried to repress the social phenomenon of the violent insurrection in December with the reckless and mass use of teargas to the extent of torture, the beating of protestors, and their swift imprisonment. Anyway, it is known for years now that the cops, especially when dealing with anarchists demos, unleash chemical warfare with the slightest pretext so they can torture people. Despite the vicious repression of December’s insurrectionary violence, it continues to persist and is proof that the fire that was lit cannot be put out. After all Alexis’ murder was the cause and at the same time the pretext for the outbreak of social rage.

As always, a special role was taken on by mass media and the lowlife journalists brought their propaganda to the limit of vileness. After the state murder of Alexis, they reported about the widespread destruction in the whole of Greece and that the police made no arrests. I believe that the fact that all of us imprisoned for the insurrection face the same charges is no coincidence. The line from the state was exactly the same for nearly all of us.

Inside prison, time is the worst enemy. Especially when you are in custody awaiting trial there is a continuous uncertainty as you never know exactly when you are going to be released. This is a situation that definitely wears you down psychologically. This is also an effect of being locked up against your will with four people for 14 hours a day in a 9 square meter cell designed to fit only one person. It is especially felt when relationships of camaraderie or even of understanding are rare as they are outside the prison bars. Of course there are always those who choose to stand in dignity and struggle.

Incarceration is an everyday psychological warfare enforced upon you by the system when you are in prison. On top of this you also have the screws usually treating prisoners who take part in struggles (hunger strikes, refusal of prison food, demanding their printed material from the censorship) in a derogatory and sly way. One typical example is the last time prisoners were refusing prison food as a protest for the murder of Alexis, the warden of the wing came in together with other screws and threatened the prisoners taking part in the protest with disciplinary prison transfers.

Generally, when you are not subjugated to their correctional system they try to create a climate of fear. Anyway prison is like a large melting pot of souls. If you are a coward it will mince you up and make you even more of a coward but if you are tough it will make you even tougher and colder as a person. The cell makes the prisoner suffocate. Outside in the prison yard is the illusion of freedom…

Still through all of this nothing has ended, the struggle continues

Those who are right are the rebels

not the snitches and those who bow down

(a popular greek anarchist chant)

Apostolis Kiriakopoulos

A’ Wing

Koridallos Prison

May 25, 2009
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Anarchist in Chile dies from explosive device by Tar 05:27pm, Monday May 25 2009

(Modified 09:42am, Sunday June 21 2009)

Comrades,

We bear tragic news from here in Chile.

During the early morning of May 22, we lost our beloved comrade Mauricio Morales Duarte. According to the bourgeois press, Mauricio was transporting an explosive device in downtown Santiago. The device exploded unexpectedly, and our comrade died in combat.

Long live comrade Mauricio Morales! Mauricio joins the list of fallen combatants under the democratic regime in Chile. He was a dedicated and militant anarchist. We remember Mauricio as a youth combatant like so many before him.

Over the last three years, there have been countless non-lethal and low intensity attacks on capital across Chile. These attacks have often fallen near the anniversaries of various days of combat, and they have occurred without arrests.

Police are currently searching for a second person present at the scene of Mauricio’s death. They are also raiding various anarchist squats across Santiago.

Please check: Hommodolars.org for more information in spanish.

[Article translated from the bourgeois press]

Name revealed of individual who died from the explosion of bomb that he transported

27 year old man from the southern part of the capital

Francisco Águila, El Mercurio Online

Santiago.-This afternoon the name was finally revealed of the 27 year old individual who died last night from the explosion of a bomb that he transported, while he traveled near the School of Prison Guards, located in downtown Santiago.

According to sources connected to the investigation, it was Mauricio Andrés Morales Duarte, with a home address on María Graham street in the San Bernardo community.

At this time members of the Police of Investigations are at the home of the subject, who was identified this morning by his fingerprints.

According to the reports, Morales Duarte died instantly from head trauma caused by the explosion.

His name was known by prosecutors who are investigating the explosive attacks that in recent times have impacted various areas of the capital.

In fact, the sub-secretary of the Interior, Patricio Rosende, affirmed that “there is an evident connection with anarchist groups,” and “without a doubt” it will help clarify the events of this type that have occurred in the past.

Also, the prosecution will investigate the participation of another subject in the incident, who appears in images captured by the security cameras of a business located in front of the site of detonation.

[Article translated from the bourgeois press]

Man who transported homemade bomb dies by explosion in downtown Santiago

The detonation occurred this morning, while the individual circled near the School of Prison Guards, located on Avenue Matta.

Santiago.-Dead and severely mutilated by an explosion: this was the result this morning of a man who transported a homemade bomb in downtown Santiago.

The subject traveled by bicycle towards the School of Prison Guards, located on Avenue Matta, when close to 1:30 in the morning, the artifact detonated. According to radio Bío-Bío, it was made of a fire extinguisher–filled with gun powder—that the subject transported in a backpack.

Inhabitants in the area awoke, because of the loud noise. When arriving at the area of the explosion, they saw with horror the dismembered body of the subject, without hands and legs, and with a burned face.

Police cordoned off the area, searching for human remains in a radius of seventy meters, while they investigated the identity of the victim and the characteristics of the bomb. After five hours of analysis by specialists, they believe that the man was an adult, and he may have wanted to attack the School of the Prison Guards.

In addition to the homemade bomb, a .38 caliber revolver was also found on the deceased. According to the reports, before the explosion, a telephone call was made to the School of the Prison Guards altered of a possible attack.

May 18, 2009
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Anarchist Solidarity

Because of coordination that took place between groups with the goal of organized direct action in Mexico State as well as in Mexico City, from May 18 to 19 the following sabotages were carried out: a BBVA bank was attacked, smashing the windows, an incendiary device was placed on top of an ATM belonging to another BBVA bank, leaving it completely melted and unusable and a note was left claiming the action, the windows of another BBVA bank were smashed with hammers, and red paint was spilled on the windshield and the hood of a truck belonging to the Lala milk company. These actions are done in solidarity with prisioners, human and non-human (animals), some imprisoned for putting into practice their anti-authoritarian ideals and others imprisoned for simply being another species, but both are victims of the dominant system.

anonymous communique (translation): Because of coordination that took place between groups with the goal of organized direct action in Mexico State as well as in Mexico City, from May 18 to 19 the following sabotages were carried out:

– A BBVA bank was attacked, smashing the windows.
– An incendiary device was placed on top of an ATM belonging to another BBVA bank, leaving it completely melted and unusable and a note was left claiming the action.
– The windows of another BBVA bank were smashed with hammers
– Red paint was spilled on the windshield and the hood of a truck belonging to the Lala milk company

These actions are done in solidarity with prisioners, human and non-human (animals), some imprisoned for putting into practice their anti-authoritarian ideals and others imprisoned for simply being another species, but both are victims of the dominant system.

The human jails and prisons, just like the industrial farms, are full of mistreatment and inhumanity, of overcrowding and fear.

Therefore, any person or movement that claims to be truly revolutionary should fight actively for the abolition of both centers of mental, physical and psychological extermination.

We wanted to show our support for prisioners by means of stones, hammers, paint and fire, because that is what truly affects the powerful; direct action, individually and collectively, will be the response they will receive to their repression and prison systems.

We know that the state will always be a staunch enemy of those people who do not let themselves be domesticated and who leave fear behind in order to face up to the consequences of their acts, crying out for consistency of ideals. Because of this, we in the underground, in some place plotting the next strike, say:

No more framing of Amadeu Castellas!
We want his freedom, if not, these acts will continue and will multiply! (it is not a coincidence that we have attacked the Spanish bank BBVA)
Fire to the prisons, which impede freedom at any cost!
Solidarity with human and non-human prisioners!

Autonomous Cells for Propagation of the Anti-authoritarian and Anti-speciesist Offensive (CAPOAA)

May 7, 2009
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Yesterday May 6, the House of Government of the state Oaxaca in Mexico City was the scene of a protest against the violent removal of a camp set up to demand the suspension of activities at the Cuzcatlán in San José Progreso, Ocotlán, Oaxaca. Around 25 demonstrators shouted out for the release of 20 people arrested during the evacuation, which took place on Wednesday morning May 6, around 8 o’clock. More than 2500 state and federal police firing their weapons used tear gas, police dogs, and vicious beatings to clear the camp away.

In recent months, the government has responded to opposition to the expropriation of lands in Ocotlán, the heavy use of explosives to blast tunnels, damage to private homes, lead pollution, and acid runoff causing many illnesses, with a campaign of kidnappings, threats, harassment, and attacks against the movement.

During the rally, the House of Government was embellished with urban art as we demanded the release of all people arrested and the freedom of all political prisoners in Oaxaca, including Abraham Ramírez Vázquez, Victor Hugo Martinez Toledo, and Miguel Ángel García.

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May 4, 2009
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The presence in London of many right-wing killer reveals a scandal, that the area of neo-fascist criminals have found a safe haven in England in about

In 1960 the French terrorist (but born and lived in Algeria) Parisy George was arrested in a hotel in London with a senior British neo-fascist movement of the Union Movement. Parisy was one of then called OAS (the French terrorist organization that wanted to prevent the independence of Algeria) and was involved in plots to kill French President De Gaulle. After the capture, he was expelled.
James Earl Ray, imprisoned for the murder of Martin Luther King (one of the fathers of the civil rights movement of blacks in the United States), came to London to seek refuge because of its contacts with the far-right British (and some of his “connections” are still active galaxy in the neo-fascist).
But the most sensational is Italians case.
Sandro Saccucci, military deputy to the MSI, he escaped to England in 1970 (accused of murder) and found protection among some British Conservatives belong to the right circle called the Monday Club. When the Italian Parliament took away the immunity, Great Britain forced Saccucci to leave the island. His traces are lost in Spain.
Since 1981, Roberto Fiore and Massimo Morsello (along with other activists of the NAR – Armed Revolutionary Nucleous) have found refuge in London and among the fugitives are also Luciano Petrone, accused of murder of 2 police officers in Rome and a robbery in a Spanish bank (loot estimated 30 billion).
It is not enough. You can see in London also Andrea Gyra (sentenced to life for rape and murder in the incident known as the Crime of Circeo) now has 46 years, you call Mirko Elise or Sergio Barzanelli and according to the police he is constantly changing his identity.
Also lives in London Inzillo D’Antonio (with a long pedigree the extreme right), involved in the death of a woman near Rome. Hanging over his head an international arrest warrant.
Vittorio Spadavecchia is wanted in Italy for the murder of a policeman and a bank robbery in England where has become millionaire. According to Interpol sources, the 19 activists of NAR fled to England in 1981/82, 17 live permanently in England.
Linked to Forza Nuova have, finally, the Norwegian comrades Johnny Olsen, Daniel De Linde and Terje Sjolie.
And all those who could live here undisturbed, perhaps even taking the time to become billionaires.
The Fiore Flower Business
It seems the unstoppable entrepreneurial ardor of Roberto Fiore and Massimo Morsello. At the beginning of last year bought several old homes in Spain to found a political community. 12,000 pounds (about 40 million) needed for Los Pedriches (the name of the place) came from an account payable of Barclays Bank, among others, to charitable institutions.
For the moment only one of the buildings was completed and relations with the municipalities (Socialist-led) are anything but good. And despite the arrival of a pair of English, the experience does not seem to take off.
Fiore was in Spain to celebrate the anniversary of the death of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, and then spoke in front of an audience which, in the opinion of the organizers, included doctors, lawyers and members of the armed forces.
But the leader of Forza Nuova are not limited to political conventions to follow. He founded, as the “Agency for European Youth”, a structure similar to its British society (Easy London and Meeting Point).
When the English newspapers have started to take care of his business billionaire, he responded with letters to the Catholic Church and the Italian community, which complained about the bad press against him and noted his works of charity.
But the interest in English it is not finished. The Charity Commissioners have frozen the accounts of two charitable institutions founded by Fiore and announced further investigation. According to English law, the kind of institutions should not deal with politics, but according to a leaflet distributed by neo-fascist circles in London, headquarters of flower – one that houses the Foundation – will hold meetings organized by Forza Nuova.
In addition to policy exists for Roberto Fiore, the continued focus on business. One of his projects is that, for example, to obtain discounted tickets from the airlines for the thousands of young people who are moving in Europe because of its commercial enterprises, for some observers, indeed, its Easy London is perhaps the largest European organization in that particular segment loss.
A new industry is agriculture: small farms are bought and turned into rural communities in which business and ideology must go hand in hand. This project is a reality in Italy, England, Spain and Poland.
A few words also on Fiore friend, Massimo Morsello. He tried to build a small empire of music, but now he is sick (is officially suffering from a tumor; now dead) and is already talk of finding a successor. One possible name is Maurizio Catena, and the role that Morsello held in respect of Fiore should be covered by David Olla, Bologna, and Luke Mengacci. The latter seems to have active links between Italy and Germany and is seen with some regularity even in London.

May 1, 2009
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Communiqué from the 7th of May about the big nazi rallies in Germany from the 1st of May 2008 to the 1st of May 2009


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On May Day 2009 around 1,000 Nazis marched through Ulm (Baden-Württemberg) and Neu-Ulm (Bavaria) where they were confronted by 5,000 counter demonstrators. On this day there were further fascist demonstrations, with a total of 3,000 participating Nazis. Despite the militant resistance in Ulm, the only Nazi march that could be prevented was in Mainz. The march in Ulm was organised by the youth organisation of the National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD), the young national democrats (JN). A broad spectrum of fascists participated at the march.

While in Ulm autonomous Antifa were subjected to excessive police violence, they were yet again betrayed by the “German Confederation of Trade Unions” (DGB) but received solidarity only from Kurdish as well as communist demonstrators. The DGB has yet again placed itself in the tradition of May Day 1933. Even then the Nazi’s attempted to transfigure the international workers day into the “day of national work”. On the 2nd of May 1933 they devoured the trade union movement while on the day before part of the trade Union movement went on the streets together with the Nazi Party. Every year the Nazis try to claim May Day for themselves so that its roots will be forgotten: The anarchist assembly in 1886 at the Haymarket in Chicago to promote a general strike for an 8 hour working day.

May Day 2008 became a signal for a new form of right-wing radicalism in Germany. For the first time the “Autonomous Nationalists” (AN) received attention from the media. It was then that 1,100 Nazis from a militant youth subculture marched through the Barmbeck district of the city Hamburg. Over 9,000 leftists gave resistance, the Nazis concentrated their attacks against members of the press as well as political opponents. The police were surprised and dumbfounded by the new quality of right wing militancy. Within the scene the attention resulted in a greater momentum in the attractiveness of the AN. The AN present themselves as a superficial right-wing rip-off of Autonomous Antifa’s and are attempting to develop a violent and modern image in order to attract young people. Although they are turning away from traditional repugnant Nazi images such as the narrow minded hair parting (aka Hitler) or the thuggish Nazi-skin, in order to appeal to a new generation, they have however failed to achieve the support of a broad spectrum necessary for a mass movement.

On the 12th of April 2008, 800 AN’s had already marched through the town of Stolberg (North Rhine-Westphalia). The reason for this is that on the 4th of April a youth had been killed in a street fight after attending an NPD meeting. The largest rally so far by the Autonomous Nationalists occurred on the 6th of September 2008 when 1,200 Nazis, despite counter-protests from 1,800 left-wing demonstrators, were able to march undisturbed through the streets of Dortmund (North Rhine-Westphalia). The march was to commemorate the German invasion of Poland on the 1st of September 1939. The Nazis have been commemorating the start of the second world war for the past four years, cynically running under the motto of “national anti-war day”. On the 1st of May 2009 the AN marched once again through their stronghold Dortmund, this time 300 of them attacked a Trade union demonstration.

On the 13th of September 2008 1,100 Nazis took part in the 4th “Festival of the nations” (Fest der Völker/Fdv) in Altenburg (Thuringia), they were met by 2,000 left-wing counter-demonstrators. At the annual Rechtsrock (Rock against communism) festival, organised by the NPD, the bands which play mainly belong to the music network “Blood and Honour”. Hardcore Nazis from all over Europe travel to this festival which serves as an opportunity to improve right-wing networks. Many of the Nazis are independent of political parties organised into the so-called “Freien Kameradschaften” (independent camaraderie organisations). The aim of such large meetings, such as the “Festival of Nations”, is to construct so-called “nationally liberated zones” within larger cities, which in contrast to some rural areas will only exist for a limited time.

The largest Nazi demonstration in Germany, since the end of the second world war, took place on the 14th of February in Dresden (Saxony). On the anniversary of the allied bombing 6,500 Nazis, from all over Europe, marched through the city. Although for the first time this year, several thousand left-wing counter-demonstrators also attended, the revisionist event has managed to inscribe itself in the agenda of European Nazis. Just as the marches in Wunsiedel (Bavaria) to the grave of Rudolf Hess or the annual party of the NPD newspaper “Deutschen Stimme” (“German voice”) mostly in towns in East-Germany before, Dresden has become the main annual meeting of European Nazis.

The three main characteristics of the larger Nazi meetings is networking and organising, promoting self confidence in the internal ranks and demonstrating a potency to the outside world. The reason why the Nazis are meeting is unimportant, as long as they serve as an identification function for the whole Nazi spectrum. This is especially the case for historical revisionist themes, where mainly Nazi political strongholds are selected. It is not enough to just stop the larger Nazi meetings, the Nazis have shown that they are able to react flexibly to legal restrictions. Besides fighting against the Nazi ideology present within the society and reporting about Nazi activities it is completely necessary to smash the Nazi structures: every single Nazi has to be attacked by any means necessary.

Never again fascism!

Autonome Antifa Freiburg
Communiqué from 07.05.2009

Antifascist Ticker of May 1st 2009 from Hanover, Mainz, Siegen und Ulm
In German: http://linksunten.indymedia.org/de/ticker/1mai09
In English: http://linksunten.indymedia.org/en/ticker/1mai09

www.autonome-antifa.org/

April 17, 2009
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Neo-Nazi became a victim of his own aggression On the 17th of April in Odessa 15-Nazi Skinheads with the use of bottles and rocks attacked 5 members o

Nazis ran up to the antifascists sitting on a bench near the “Orech” club and started shouting threads and Nazis slogans and started the fighting. Nazis ran up to the antifascists sitting on a bench near the “Orech Club and threads and started shouting slogans and Nazis started the fighting. Earlier activists of «antifa» were often threatened by Nazi-skinheads; anti-fascists were victims of nazi-attacks. Earlier activists of “antifa” were often threatened by Nazi-Skinheads, Anti-Fascist were victims of Nazi-attacks. Their fore they realized that any conflict provoked by Nazis could be fatal. Their fore they realized that any conflict provoked by Nazis could be fatal. Protecting their lives “antifa” had to use a pen-knife (means of self-protection not prohibited by the low) Nazi-skinhead Maksim Chaika –was wounded. Protecting their lives “antifa” Had to use a pen-knife (means of self-protection not prohibited by the Low)-Nazi Skinhead Maxim Chaika-was wounded. He did not get proper medical aid and died. He did not get proper medical aid and died. If the antifascists had not fighted back protecting themselves they would have been in morgue. If the antifascists had not fighted back Protecting themselves they would not have been in the morgue. Ultrarights tray to make benefit of the insolent by fouls presenting the facts and cynically lying to the publicity. Ultrarights tray to make benefit of the insolente Foul by presenting the facts and cynically lying to the publicity.
Ultrarights propagandists declair that killing had political subtext. Ultrarights propagandists Declair that killing had political subtext. Actually 5 antifa had to resist 15 aggressive nazi-skinhead attack. 5 antifa actually had to resist aggressive 15-Nazi Skinhead attack. The police confirm the fixed number of antifashiscts. The police confirm the number of fixed antifashiscts. Nazis are truing to present Maksim Chaika as are victim however it was him , and his friends who started the fighting. Nazis are truing to present Maxim Chaika as are victim however it was him, and his friends who started the fighting.

It is well known that Chaika himself and another Odessa Nazis often threatened antifa activists. It is well known that Chaika himself and another ODESSA Nazis often threatened antifa activists. Were collecting info even addresses and made attacks antifascists. Details were collecting addresses and even made attacks antifascists. Naturally Nazi can reject an unfavorable facts replacing them with their own falsification. Naturally Nazi can reject an unfavorable facts replacing them with their own falsification.
Mass-media also reproduce the myth that killed Maksim Chaika was an activist off are ”patriotic organization” it is well known that social organization ”Sich” is Nazi-skinhead organization who were make onslaughts on racism basics. Mass-media also reproduce the myth that killed Maxim Chaika was an activist off are patriotic”organization”it is well known that social organization”from”Sich-Nazi Skinhead organization who were make Onslaught on Racism basics. Criminal reports from all Ukraine have more and more facts about killings on racism basics. Criminal reports from all over Ukraine have more and more facts about killings on Racism basics. People who perform disagreement wish antihuman ideology of Nazism take even bigger risk to fall victims of the street terror. People who perform disagreement Wish antihuman ideology of nazism take even bigger risk to fall victims of the street terror.

Bands of neo-Nazis do not keep in secret they are planning to revenge- we can see this info online: “We must do everything possible that the least of over blood to be shed and the most blood to be shed by the enemy. Our enemies should be killed first then our losses would be minimal”. Band of the neo-Nazis do not keep in secret that they are planning revenge-we can see this info online: “We must do everything possible thats the least of it over without blood shed and the most blood to be shed by the enemy. Our Enemies should be killed first then our losses would be minimal. “
Meanwhile the ultrarights parties try to make political accets hypocritically mentioning the repressions of the “Ukrainian patriots”. Meanwhile ultrarights the parties try to make political accets hypocritically mentioning the repressions of the Ukrainian patriots. “ It is worth mentioning that politicians of the opposite (pro-Russian party “Rodina” and politician Igor Markov) – are following the pragmatic aims. It is worth mentioning that politicians of the opposite (pro-Russian party “Rodina” and politician Igor Markov) – The following are Pragmatic aims. They preset the incident as a conflict of pro-Russian and Ukrainian right radicals. They preset the incident as a conflict of pro-Russian and Ukrainian right Radicals. But Ukrainian “antifa” is not related to any political force. But Ukrainian “antifa” is not related to any political force. More than that a party promoting national superiority could provoke only negative feelings of antifa members. More than that a party promoting national superiority could only provocative negative feelings of antifa members.

The fact that antifa are presented as extremists is another myth that should be denied. The fact that antifa are presented as extremists is another myth that should not be denied. Mass-media keep silent about extremist nature of neo-Nazism ideology that rejects value of human life. Mass-media forget about terrifying statistics of killing on basics of racism hatred. Mass-media keep silent about extremist nature of the neo-nazism ideology that rejects Value of Human Life. Mass-media Forget About Terrifying statistics of killing on basic hatred of racism. It is ter
rible that people who do not agree with Nazis can’t count on any protection of the authorities or society.
It is terrible that people who do not agree with Nazis can not count on any protection of the authorities or society.
We should add that reaction of the antifa- activists for aggression had legal foundation: part 3 paragraph 27 of the constitution of Ukraine provides the right of the individuals to protect their own lives and health and also lives and health of other individuals from the illegal actions; according to provision 36 of the Criminal Low of Ukraine the above motioned of the antifascists is consider as a necessary self-protection. We should add that reaction of the antifa-activists for aggression had legal foundation: Part 3 paragraph 27 of the Constitution of Ukraine provides the rights of the individual to protect their own lives and health and also lives and health of other individuals from the illegal actions , according to provision 36 of the Criminal Low of Ukraine the above motioned of the antifascists is consider as a necessary self-protection. The antifascists knew that the Nazis were more numerous and that they were armed with bottles and rocks so fighting was inevitable. The antifascists knew that the Nazis were more numerous and that they were armed with bottles and rocks so fighting was inevitable.

We – the activists of antifascist movement – express our sincere condolences to Maksim Chaika’s family and relatives. We – the activists of antifascist movement – express our sincere condolences to Maxim Chaika’s family and relatives. Those who make fools of young people with the neo-nazi ideology and trend to gain money, power and glory are really guilty of Maksim Chaika’s death. Those who make fools of young people with the neo-Nazi ideology and trendy to gain money, power and glory are really guilty of Maxim Chaika’s death.
We demand from Odessa police comprehensive investigation of the incident and the conformation of the fact of necessary self-protection on the part of antifa We demand from Odessa Police comprehensive investigation of the incident and the conformation of the Facts of necessary self-protection on the part of antifa
We demand from all mass-media to resist all the provocations and to objectively present the event because the destinies of antifascists who are involved in this incident depends on this. We demand from all mass-media to resist all the provocations and to objectively present the event because the Destinies of antifascists who are involved in this incident depends on this. More than this mass-media should oppose attends of definite political forces to cash on Maksim Chaika’s death. More than this mass-media should oppose attends definite political forces of the cash on Maxim Chaika’s death.


April 8, 2009
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Four months ago it was a 15-year-old schoolboy in Greece – today it’s a 47-year-old newspaper seller in the UK.

Enough with the state murders!

Whether civilians’ deaths are caused because of “heart attacks” (most likely due to police terror) or head injuries (due to police brutality) or “misfires” (due to police stupidity), we say we had Enough!

Enough! Of your lies in attempting to cover up your mistakes
Enough! Of your “Robocop” attitude
Enough! Of your “to serve and protect” fake masks
Enough! Of you being the guardian dogs of the privileged elite

We say Enough! and we are going to say it out loud so everyone can hear us.

Saturday 11th of April at 1:30pm in Bristo Square (Edinburgh)

Bring friends, banners, candles and something to make noise with (drums, whistles etc.)

http://alexisedinburgh2008.blogspot.com/

April 4, 2009
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The man who died during last week’s G20 protests was “assaulted” by riot police shortly before he suffered a heart attack, according to witness statements received by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Investigators are examining a series of corroborative accounts that allege Ian Tomlinson, 47, was a victim of police violence in the moments before he collapsed near the Bank of England in the City of London last Wednesday evening. Three witnesses have told the Observer that Mr Tomlinson was attacked violently as he made his way home from work at a nearby newsagents. One claims he was struck on the head with a baton.

Photographer Anna Branthwaite said: “I can remember seeing Ian Tomlinson. He was rushed from behind by a riot officer with a helmet and shield two or three minutes before he collapsed.” Branthwaite, an experienced press photographer, has made a statement to the IPCC.

Another independent statement supports allegations of police violence. Amiri Howe, 24, recalled seeing Mr Tomlinson being hit “near the head” with a police baton. Howe took one of a sequence of photographs that show a clearly dazed Mr Tomlinson being helped by a bystander.

A female protester, who does not want to be named but has given her testimony to the IPCC, said she saw a man she later recognised as Tomlinson being pushed aggressively from behind by officers. “I saw a man violently propelled forward, as though he’d been flung by the arm, and fall forward on his head.

“He hit the top front area of his head on the pavement. I noticed his fall particularly because it struck me as a horrifically forceful push by a policeman and an especially hard fall; it made me wince.”

Mr Tomlinson, a married man who lived alone in a bail hostel, was not taking part in the protests. Initially, his death was attributed by a police post mortem to natural causes. A City of London police statement said: “[He] suffered a sudden heart attack while on his way home from work.”

But this version of events was challenged after witnesses recognised the dead man from photographs that were published on Friday.

An IPCC statement was due to be released the same day and is understood to have portrayed the death as a tragic accident. However, the statement’s release was postponed as the complaints body received information that police officers may have been more involved in events than previously thought. An IPCC spokesman said yesterday that in light of new statements it was “assessing” the information it had received before deciding whether to launch a full investigation.

Part of the commission’s inquiries will involve the examination of CCTV footage from the area.

Liberal Democrat MP David Howarth said: “Eventually there will have to be a full inquest with a jury. It is a possibility this death was at police hands.”

A police source told the Observer that Mr Tomlinson appears to have become caught between police lines and protesters, with officers chasing back demonstrators during skirmishes. He was seen stumbling before he collapsed and died on Cornhill Street, opposite St Michael’s Alley, around 7.25pm.

At around 7.10pm, protesters had gathered outside the police cordon to call for those contained inside – some for hours – to be let out. Officers with batons and shields attempted to clear them from the road.

Around 7.20pm, five riot police, and a line of officers with dogs, emerged from Royal Exchange Square, a pedestrian side street. Three images taken around this time show Mr Tomlinson on the pavement, in front of five riot police, and in apparent distress. He had one arm in the air, and appeared to be in discussion with the officers.

Mr Tomlinson then appears to have been lifted to his feet by a bystander. Minutes later he fell to the ground. “We saw this guy staggering around,” said Natalie Langford, 21, a student. “He looked disorientated. About five seconds later he fell, and I grabbed my friends to help him.”

Police have claimed that when paramedics tried to move Mr Tomlinson away for urgent treatment, bottles were thrown at them by protesters. He was later pronounced dead at hospital.

Branthwaite added: “He [Mr Tomlinson] was not a mouthy kid or causing problems, but the police seemed to have lost control and were trying to push protesters back. The police had started to filter people into a side street off Cornhill. There were a few stragglers who were just walking through between the police and protesters. Mr Tomlinson was one of those.”

The police tactics during the G20 protests were condemned in the aftermath of the demonstrations. The clearance of a climate camp along Bishopsgate by riot police with batons and dogs after nightfall on Wednesday came in for particular criticism.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2009/apr/02/g20-protest

Protesters marched to Bethnal Green police station in east London yesterday to demand a public inquiry into Mr Tomlinson’s death.

April 2, 2009
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http://www.glasgowanarchists.org.uk/

Death At The Hands Of Capitalism

April 2, 2009 · No Comments

This is no appeal to calm.

Yesterday through the actions of the Metropolitan Police a man died during the protests against the G2dog-attack0 in the City of London. How this man died, whether as a result of direct blows from police batons or from the effects of the police “kettling” tactic and their attempts to force people in a direction it was not possible move, his death is their responsibility. We have already seen the BBC, unsurprisingly, peddling the police’s line that his death was due to ‘natural causes’. When they mention it at all that is. Though how it is natural to be penned in by armed thugs like an animal before being beaten and attacked is a tribute to their warped logic.

What should not be forgotten in light of this murder is that this is not the first and nor shall it be the last death at the hands of capital.

Everyday people are murdered by states, police, armed forces and militias all over the world. Capital, and its agents, think nothing of human life and profit will always, always come before humanity. Capitalism is directly responsible for the deaths of millions upon millions of people all around the world. From the wars that are fought in pursuit of profit to famine and death through preventable disease to those murdered for resisting its impact upon their communities or for organising for better conditions at work.

defenders-of-capitalAs we see the economic situation decline for working people in this country we can expect to see this become starkly clear. As more and more are made homeless, jobless and see their living conditions reduced, the ruling class will continue to live in splendour and affluence upon our backs as their parasitical forebears have done for generations.

The rulers of this country, and indeed this world, live lifestyles of opulent luxury that is beyond the ken of the vast majority of us. These parasites shall not see their blood drenched splendour reduced in the slightest.

Unless that is that we, the honest, hard working people of this world tear their privilege asunder.back-now

These wealthy parasites live off our hard work and we suffer the consequences of the economic games they play in pursuit of ever greater profits for themselves and everyday we, the working class, suffer and die all over the world. This death through police actions yesterday is just one more death in the tragic blood stained history of capitalism.

This is no appeal to calm, rage today on the streets of London. Rage though not at this one death but at the horror and terror inflicted upon our class by the ruling 1% and their agents. Rage against the theft of our world by parasites who sponge off our labour. Rage at having to work your entire life through only to be denied the fruits of the world that is yours by right of birth.

This is no appeal to calm.

For more up to date information on what is happening in London today do not look to the BBC or other mainstream media outlets.. Look instead to the indymedia website which will carry updates as they come in from the streets.

There will be a demo today in solidarity with the guy killed last night.

Meet 1p.m. at the Bank if you are in London.

The aim of the assembly is to:

mark the death of the protestor,
call for an independent police inquiry
show solidarity against the enormous police repression that happened against protestors outside the Bank, the Climate Exchange and elsewhere in the City of London.
Any witnesses to this event or any other act of police violence against demonstrators is advised to write a full statement as soon as they possibly can, sign and date it, and give a copy it to a trusted other party. These statements should be given to Bindmans Solicitors (contactable on 020 7833 4433) and the Legal Monitoring groups present at the demonstrations. Information can also be sent to Indymedia London:

March 25, 2009
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ATM DAMAGED LONDON

Late in the night of the 25th March, in a small posh corner of Greater London, U.K. several cash mashines around the neighbourhood were utterly destroyed. Ch@os followed next morning!

Hip-Hip Hurrah! The spring has arrived!

c u on the streets!

we are their crisis and we are fearless!

March 23, 2009
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[2day a'dam] benefit voku 4 greek social revolution


beukenweg cooking brigade – 23.03.2009 11:32

benefit vegan voku for the prisoners of the Greek social revolution of December, today at the new joe’s garage (pretoriusstraat 43). 19 H, 3€ or donation.

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As almost every monday the beukenweg cooking brigade will serve nice vegan food at the new joe’s garage for 3€ or donation. All benefits will be destinated to many different social causes and struggles, giving some flyers and general info about the organisations or events we are supporting with each voku.

Place: Pretoriusstraat 43.
Price: 3€ or donation.
Day & Time: 23.03.09, 19.00 H.
Benefit for: prisoners of the greek social revolution of December (revolt’s assembly support collective kratoumenoi.eksegersis at gmail.com).

March 21, 2009
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Calgary Herald, March 21, 2009

Calgary Herald, March 21, 2009

Calgary Herald, March 21, 2009

Calgary Herald, March 21, 2009

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Protest groups upset over rally violence

By KATIE SCHNEIDER, SUN MEDIA
The Calgary Sun [Alberta]
March 23, 2009

CALGARY — Anti-Racist Action Calgary is condemning the violent actions of protesters demonstrating on their side of the line who clashed with the Aryan Guard at a weekend rally.

Three protesters were arrested Saturday when the anti-racist group confronted members of the Aryan Guard who were marching to celebrate White Pride Day.

The rally of several hundred people became violent when demonstrators began tossing water bottles, cans of food and signs at each other.

The chaotic clash injured two people, including Sun columnist Rick Bell.

But Jason Devine, spokesman for ARA, said the group does not condone violent protesting.

“We have said from the beginning it was supposed to be confrontational but not violent,” he said.

“We have never called on people to physically assault the Aryan Guard — our job was to ostracize them, getting the message out there are Nazis in our community.

“The signs are there to get the message out not there to bust people’s heads open.”

Devine said those who resorted to violence and were arrested were not associated to the ARA and had just joined the march off the street.

And once the debris was thrown, he said he tried to stop it.

“We immediately said to people ‘don’t do that because this is not what it’s about’,” he said.

“We in no way condone random people attacking them.”

But he said he doesn’t feel the ARA’s image has been tarnished with the violence that erupted from its side of the line.

“If people look into the situation … the ARA has not and is not advocating violence,” he said.

“They (the Aryan Guard) are the ones advocating violence.”

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Protest turns violent as Calgary Aryan Guard, anti-racism activists square off

By Jamie Komarnicki, Calgary Herald [Alberta]
March 21, 2009

A white pride march through Calgary’s core quickly deteriorated into a violent melee Saturday as protesters flung rocks, aluminum cans and other projectiles into a crowd of people taking part in the demonstration.

Several fist fights broke out at the Aryan Guard rally and at least two people were treated for head injuries after being hit by the projectiles, although the injuries weren’t serious.

Police arrested three people, and charges are pending.

More than 400 anti-racist protesters confronted about 60 members of Calgary-based white supremacist group, the Aryan Guard.

The white pride marchers began their route near Mewata Armouries and planned to make their way to city hall.

The Aryan Guard waved white pride flags and chanted slogans as they zigzagged through the inner city. Their path was blocked at several turns by the raucous anti-racist activists, who first clashed with the marchers at 7th Avenue and 6th Street SW.

A strong police presence formed a human barricade between the two sides.

Authorities broke up several fights between the two sides along the way.

At one point, the Aryan Guard marchers brought traffic to a standstill on 6th Avenue as they threaded their way through vehicles.

“It freaks me out,” said one motorist, recording the protest on his cellphone through his car window.

The protest ended at about 4:30 p.m. when the Aryan Guard boarded a city bus and were shuttled out of the core.

Earlier in the day, the group of anti-racist activists held a “celebration of diversity” on the steps of city hall as part of efforts to overshadow the Aryan Guard’s event.

Several hundred people, many waving anti-racist signs and some of them masked, gathered for a series of speeches and songs promoting multiculturalism.

Rally organizers lashed out at the Aryan Guard.

“The message has to get out there, they’ve got to be exposed,” said Jason Devine.

“This rally isn’t going to get rid of the Aryan Guard, but it is a blow to them.

“This is a springboard we have to build of off. We have to take the energy of this rally and go further.”

Kelsey Mills learned of the event after reading an article in her high school newspaper. A similar event last year — which saw throngs of white supremacists and anti-racists clash on downtown Calgary streets — was shocking, she said.

“I just think that it’s not right. The Aryan Guard shouldn’t be around,” said Mills, 17.

Harmohinder Plaha, president of Calgary’s South Asian Canadian Association, called for Calgarians to stand up against racism.

“We don’t like racism. We are totally against it,” he said.