In the early hours of 9 February the Center for Judiciary Studies (in Lisbon), where the judges of tomorrow are built, was hit with paintbombs.
February 10, 2010
February 10, 2010
In the early hours of 9 February the Center for Judiciary Studies (in Lisbon), where the judges of tomorrow are built, was hit with paintbombs.
February 10, 2010
latest news from greece
Video of the action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNrvjVceK_4
* Recipe for Potatoe-Bomb: We peel some potatoes and we put the peeled outer parts of the potatoe in a glass-jar. We add water or even better piss (it smells better with piss), we close tight the jar and let it rest for two weeks.
Trial to restart on February 17
The trial of the two COPSKILLERS charged with involvement in the fatal shooting of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos in December 2008 – suspended last week after the public prosecutor withdrew from the case due to the death of a relative – is to start from scratch on February 17. Court of first instance prosecutor Haralambos Lakafosis has been appointed to replace Vassiliki Vlachou. The trial of Epaminondas Korkoneas and Vassilis Saraliotis is to start again in Amfissa, some 200 kilometers northwest of Athens, with the testimony of the dead teenager’s mother Gina Tsalikian.
6 February 2010
Four lorries were destroyed in an arson attack at a fuel yard.
Essex Police are trying to trace a group of teenagers seen running away from the scene moments after the blaze started.
Twelve fire crews were called to put out the fire at West Station Yard in Maldon, Essex, at 6.40pm, an Essex Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said.
Divisional Officer Andy Stapleton said: “Crews worked excellently to prevent the fire from spreading to fuel storage tanks in the yard. The fire affected four lorries in the yard.”
Police said that CCTV shows a boy running across the yard before and after the fire.
The Press Association.
An immigration removal centre was reported to be in a state of chaos yesterday, as at least 50 women entered the fourth day of a hunger strike in protest against their detention and conditions, with several reportedly fainting in corridors and almost 20 locked outdoors wearing few clothes.
Yarl’s Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire, which houses 405 women and children, was in lockdown, leaving women in communal spaces without food, water or toilet facilities.
Several women who tried to escape through a window were then locked outside, according to one detainee, including one whose finger was almost severed as she escaped but who had not received medical treatment.
“We have been on hunger strike since Friday protesting about the length of time we have spent in detention here,” said Aisha, who has been in Yarl’s Wood for three months. “We have been locked in the hallway all day – five ladies have fainted because they have not eaten since Friday. No one has come to give them any medical attention.
“I had an asthma attack, but no one would come to give me my inhaler. I’m very weak. But we will stay on hunger strike for as long as it takes.”
Campaigners condemned the response of the authorities at the centre, accusing them of using a “kettling” technique to trap the women.
“The women are currently trapped in an airless hallway,” said Cristel Amiss, of Black Women’s Rape Action Project. “Women should be allowed back into their rooms immediately; there should be an immediate investigation.”
The Home Office confirmed the disturbance, saying that 40 women were involved, and insisted the measures were temporary until the women could be reintegrated into the centre.
“The wellbeing of detainees is of paramount concern, which is why healthcare staff are at the scene to monitor developments,” said David Wood, strategic director at the UK Border Agency. “The detainees will be integrated back into the centre at the earliest opportunity.”
The hunger strike is the latest in a series of protests at the facility, which has attracted controversy for detaining women for long periods.
Campaigners say many of the women being detained are also victims of abuse and rape and should not be held while awaiting deportation decisions.
“Over 70% of women in Yarl’s Wood are rape survivors, many are sick and vulnerable,” said Amiss.
“Why are they being punished for raising serious injustices?”
The Home Office denied its practices in detaining immigrants were unfair.
“All detainees are treated with dignity and respect, with access to legal advice and health care facilities,” said Wood.
Posted by clandestinenglish on 5 February 2010
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Migrants in the Venna “detention centre” (prison) revolt – the truth behind the government’s migrant-friendly mask!
While tension is building up in Athens, due to the upcoming fascist demonstration at Propylea (main University of Athens building) this Saturday, migrants face repression and inhuman treatment at all levels. Needless to say that the government’s new migration bill focuses on legal migrants and their children, who have no right to Greek citizenship or nationality and thus have no civil rights, although they might be born and have lived in the country all their life. The grey zone of “illegal” migration is swept under the rug, and no solution whatsoever has been given to the disgraceful welcome/hospitality/and all other euphemistic-adjective centres for migrants.
In the early hours of Tuesday (2.1.2010) the approximately 130 detainees held in the Venna “detention centre” for migrants, in the prefecture of Rodopi (very close to the North-Eastern borders of the country) revolted. They protested against their continuous and illegal detention, plus the horrendous living conditions in their prison. Some of them have been imprisoned for over 3 months. The uprising went on the following day. They set fire and some injured themselves as a sign of protest. The prefect of Rodopi, the head of the local police and the fire brigade went on site. The media reported that approximately 30 were released. However, a post on indymedia reads that 43 migrants were taken yesterday to the prosecutor, facing charges of mutiny and public property damage. An open assembly has been called for today in Komotini, in order to take action.
Two people attacked corfu police station with molotof bombs early this morning.
At 01.05am at seroko square on samartzi street where the police station is the two tried to
a fire by throwing the molotof to the front of the station wtihout success since the fire didnt
do much damage.
They also threw some leaflets with antiauthoritarian slogans.
They ran off and the guard chased them managing to catch one of them,
a 29year old greek woman. From the findings and investigation it was
announced these were the same peolple that attacked the corfu municipality office
with molotof on sunday feb.7th 2010 by throwing stones to break the windows
of the basement on dessila street and threw two molotofs in ot the office.
The girl has been severly baten during the “questioning” and is going to
appear before a district attorney tommorow.
About the case of the immigrants.
On March 19 the trial of the immigrants accused of “resistance”,
“contempt” and “damage of property”was postponed for the third
time since the prosecution witnesses didnt show(two cops and a coffee shop owner).
These migrants were beaten and arrested near Ermou street on 30 December at the
Since then one prisoner remains, an immigrant “without papers”
who with these accusations is declared
“dangerous” by the immigration officials.
According to the media, a 21-year-old was arrested yesterday in Athens (outside his home in Agios Dimitris). He is accused of being a member of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, on the basis of “evidence” found in the house in Halandri that has been pinpointed as the organization’s hide-out by the police. What a surprise: the evidence consists exclusively of fingerprints on a plastic bag and other movable objects such as printed political texts. It is an identical case with all former arrests regarding the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire. An undisclosed arrest warrant had been issued against him on 13/1/10, and the police reported that he had been arrested in the past on 5/1/2009 in Exarchia. We’ll keep you posted once we have a trustworthy version of the story.
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The American Law Institute, instrumental in structuring the model statutes on which most death sentences are based, has withdrawn its support of such laws.
By Michael Traynor February 4, 2010
Nearly 50 years ago, as concern grew in the country about the fairness of death penalty laws, the American Law Institute published a “model statute” aimed at helping state lawmakers draft laws to ensure that death sentences were meted out fairly and consistently.
Last fall, the institute withdrew its support for the model death penalty law. The decision was a striking repudiation from the very organization that provided the blueprint for death penalty laws in this country. The institute, with a membership of more than 4,000 lawyers, judges and law professors of the highest qualifications, is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify and improve the law.
In the decade after the institute published its law, which was part of a comprehensive model penal code, the statute became the prototype for death penalty laws across the United States. Some parts of the model — such as the categorical exclusion of the death penalty for crimes other than murder and for people of limited mental abilities — withstood the test of time. But the core of the statute, which created a list of factors to guide judges and jurors deciding when to sentence someone to death, has proved unworkable and fostered confusion and injustice.
Now, after searching analysis by our country’s top legal minds, the institute has concluded that the system it created does not work and cannot be fixed. It concluded that we cannot devise a death penalty system that will ensure fairness in process or outcome, or even that innocent people will not be executed.
I am speaking for myself, not as a representative of the institute, but I can say with certainty that the institute did not reach these conclusions lightly. It commissioned a special committee and a scholarly study, heard various viewpoints and debated the issues extensively. A strong consensus emerged that capital punishment in this country is riddled with pervasive problems.
The death penalty cannot balance the need for consistency in sentencing with the need for individualized determinations. Its administration is unequal across racial groups. There is a grave lack of resources for defense lawyers. The law is distorted by the politics of judicial elections, and it consumes a disproportionate share of public resources.
California’s death penalty exemplifies these problems. Portions of California’s law were copied from the institute’s model statute. The system now is on the verge of collapse. There are about 700 people on death row in California, and it can take 25 years for mandatory appeals to be completed. Since 1978, California has executed 13 prisoners, while 72 have died of old age or other causes.
Resources are woefully inadequate. More than half of the people on death row don’t have access to a constitutionally-required lawyer. A statewide commission found that there remains a serious risk that the state will execute an innocent person. And then there is the cost. Housing a prisoner on death row costs taxpayers $90,000 a year more than if that prisoner were held in another type of high-security prison. The total additional cost for housing all of California’s death row inmates is more than $60 million a year.
These problems are entrenched in the death penalty system, both in California and nationwide. The cumulative result: Executions remain as random as lightning strikes, or more so, and that is the very problem the institute’s model statute intended to fix. In addition, across the country, at least 139 individuals have been released from death row after establishing their innocence. The institute’s action comes at a time of widespread reevaluation of capital punishment. Fifteen states have abandoned capital punishment, including three in the last three years.
In 2009, the country saw the lowest number of death sentences since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. We now have decades of experience, which the institute lacked when it proposed its model statute almost 50 years ago. Life without the possibility of parole, now an important alternative in nearly every state, was then virtually untried. To the extent that society needs to punish murderers severely, it can do so far more effectively using tough yet fair prison sentences rather than through an ineffective and extravagant death penalty.
The American Law Institute could have chosen to do nothing. But having laid the intellectual and legal groundwork for the modern death penalty, it concluded that it had a responsibility to act now that the system’s fatal flaws have fully emerged. The withdrawal of the model death penalty statute recognizes that it is impossible to administer the death penalty consistently and fairly, and it therefore should not remain a punishment option in this country. The institute could no longer play a role in legitimizing a failed system. How much longer can any of us? Michael Traynor is president emeritus of the American Law Institute and lives in Berkeley.
Copyright © 2010, The Los Angeles Times
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Many anti-fascists are isolated. Alone or even in small groups, we are most of the time isolated. The situation is catastrophic. The Nazis marched in Berlin without much resistance few weeks ago, they are killing our comrades in Russia, they organize concerts and parades in the heart of Paris every year, anti-Semitism is growing rapidly throughout Europe, the worshipers of the Ustashi appear openly, the Swiss clearly displays their racism … ect. We antifascists, are overwhelmed by the fascist wave, not counting state repression rampant everywhere and especially in the Spanish State. Many people are isolated; our group tries to unite these people beyond their nationality.
This goal also reflects a lack of organization of the anti-fascist action abroad. This is due to a lack of structure. But there is sometimes a kind of navel gazing. When a local Antifascist group exists, it tends not to share his experience with other group. This must change.
We modestly invent a new way to design anti-fascism, internationally oriented and deeply cultural opened.
First, we use the tools offered by new technologies. Mainly Facebook. We know the risks we take. Each must be evaluated. It is obvious that in difficult local conditions, it is not advisable to join our group with his true identity. This is dangerous and we must think about our safety first.
However, we believe that the true bulwark against repression and against the aggression of fascist groups, is the “People fortress”. That’s why we must work to build a front mass. The use of new technologies can achieve this result more rapidly than by means of real life.
Today, there is a cultural battle to carry on the front of anti-fascism. This battle will not happen without the right tools we need to invent methods, to let the mass line come out.
Our experience is not unique. We do not believe that we are THE only group above the existing groups. It is rather a transnational anti-fascist group in the minds of the international brigades in preparation for the Fascist tide happens. We are a column, we hope many others will be born soon.
The State power with the activation of necessary Fear & Consent Producing Assistive Devices, in the frame of anti-revolt, started a Middle Ages “chase of witches”. The recent prejailing of N.V. 21 years old only with the evidence of a fingerprint on an empty plastic bag, shows that we have to defend against a massive suspects creating manufacture.
Some days before the parliament elections in 2009, the patrons of Greek Republic invade in the house of anarchist Charis Ch. They arrest him and complain categories for participating in the “Conspiracy Cells of the Fire”. Charis Ch. connection with CCF comes after guesswork of the Antiterrorist authorities, who show and quash findings, such as left-overs of explosive device inside a garbage bin in the near (!!!) of the arrested’s house. At the same time, get also arrested his cousin and his girlfriend and one more anarchist, Panagiotis M., who used to keep friendly relations together. To back up the arrests of the lasts, mass media, as being mouth-pieces of Greek Police, rename the house into hide out, and as elements are used their fingerprints in the house! Meanwhile, gets set up a pre-election spectacle amenity to the voters. All of them declare innocent for themselves, taking responsibility only for their political and social actions. Three of them, except the girl, are prejailed already for 5 months.
With Chrysochides now on the weel of repression, the state starts a frontal attack. Attempts to terrorize not only persons who move in political spaces, but, like during the civil war, also their friends and families, thereby criminalizing their social relationships.
– At once arrest warrants for 6 more persons get published, who have either political or friendly relations with the people above. The only elements remain to be the finger-prints in the house of Charis Ch. The show goes on with arrest warrants that get published in series against people who are known to the prosecuting authorities for their participation in social struggles.
– In 14/11/09 Antigoni Ch. gets arrested in front of Skaramagkas squat, with used as element a finger-print on candlestick (!!!), which disappeared later. The “dangerous terrorist”, as the mass media represented her, is left temporarily free.
– In 5/1/2010 the case of Nikos M., was proved as one more fiasco. As elements are also used finger-prints that were found in a personal computer which was built (before the appearance of CCF) by Nikos M. for his fellow student Charis Ch. He gets allowed free until trial, accused with the Terror-law.
– In 1/2/2010 gets arrested one more person, with the charges against him with the Terror-law, who gets under prejail custody this time. The difference with the other cases? A finger-print on a plastic bag and one more on a printed matter. And all these in the house-“hide out” at Chalandri district.
Through the repression of the “inland enemy” comes the society’s obedience.
Against the deafening silence they impose, let’s give priority to our genuine solidarity with all the people who are under the target of state terrorism.
They will never convince us, those fanatics of democracy, that life equals survival, that work liberates, that we have to be submissive slaves in the cogwheels of a global machine based on exploitation and oppression.
We will never become “good citizens” submerged in the depressing loneliness of our couch, audacious cowards at the commands of the security doctrine, satisfied with the mediocrity of our existence.
They will never correct our desires with laws, regulations and dungeons.
There will always be those who dare and will continue to attack against the logic and morality of dominion, which will burn in the same fire we have lit the ashes of knowledge and the flame of action.
We are not interested in creating myths of actions- tools in the hands of every oppressed with a conscience, as we are not interested in the construction of “innocent” and “guilty” by civic legality and all its lackeys.
We salute and respect the personal choices and the polymorphous action of comrades – anarchists, revolutionaries and rebels- who look the enemy in the eye and charge holding a dream in their heart.
Against the existent and its defenders we oppose our solidarity in practice and our raging desire for freedom, until the destruction of prisons and the society that creates them.
FREEDOM FOR THE ANARCHISTS ALFREDO BONANNO AND CHRISTOS STRATIGOPOULOS IMPRISONED AWAITING TRIAL FROM 1/10/2009
ACCUSED OF BANK ROBBERY.
text of poster below, from Athens
more harassment of a defendant locked up without a trial
The Bristol EDO Decommissioner Elijah (James) Smith, held on remand now for over 1 year, without any trial, has been moved from HMP Lewes to another prison in what can only be seen as a blatant move of harassment by the state.
Elijah was transferred to Elmley Prison in Kent around Friday 22nd January and will probably remain there until March we understand. Letters of support remain really important as he’s likely to have less visitors now. Elijah appreciates support and communication, sending an SAE with your letter makes it easier for him to write back too. Remember solidarity with our defendants and prisoners is a vital part of any campaign.
Elijah Smith, VP 7551, HMP Elmley (Sheppey Cluster), Church Rd, Eastchurch, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 4DZ.
For those who can visit, times are 2pm-4.15pm daily, book a visit on 01795882272.
HMP Elmley visiting info: http://www.information.insidetime.org/visitorsinfo.asp?…LMLEY
HMP Elmley prison regime info: http://www.information.insidetime.org/regimes2.asp?name…LMLEY
The 6 Bristol EDO Decommissioners’ trial is due to start on 17 May 2010 in Brighton (along with 3 people from Brighton caught up in the case), whilst Elijah faces a further trial in relation to the Raytheon roof occupation, which is due in Bristol in September.
A support group for the Bristol defendants continues to send money to Elijah every week, but welcomes further donations if you have any spare cash! Contact Decommissioners at PO Box 6, Booty, 82 Colston Street, Bristol. BS1 5BB or see the campaign website at http://decommissioners.co.uk/
A police unit has been created to force the take-down of web pages which break the UK’s terrorism laws. The Government has set up a web page through which the public can tell the police about pages that they think are illegal.
The Terrorism Act of 2006 gave police the power to demand that websites or material on websites be removed from the internet if they shared information that would be useful to terrorists or glorified acts of terrorism.
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) said that it had created a new unit to act on reports from the public and to look for material that might break the Terrorism Act. The team is part of its Prevent Delivery Unit which deals with counter-terrorism.
he Terrorism Act allows police to request that any material they think is illegal is removed or changed within two working days.
If someone refuses that request that is not an offence in itself but it does mean that they will be unable to plead a defence of ‘non-endorsement’ if they are charged with encouraging terrorist acts or distributing terrorist publications, the Home Office said.
Any information that is intended to be useful to terrorists is illegal, including: bomb-making instructions; guides to making poisons; instructions on how to make weapons; and guides to targets,”
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