On Saturday to Sunday night, April 15, the building of the Permanent Representation of France to the European Union in Place de Louvain, Brussels, was attacked: paint was projected on to the facade, rubbish slung on the main entrance.
A tag was written on one of the entrances, saying “ZAD not dead”.
Greece: Last night between 250 and 300 fascists attacked protesting refugees on Sappho square in Mytilini on Lesvos island. The attacks started around 08:00pm and lasted until 03:00am this morning. At 05:30am riot cops cleared Sappho square and arrested those who were attackes, not the attackers: 120 refugees and 2 activists of the refugee solidarity movement.
The attacks started after fascists who protested on behalf of two Greek soldiers currently detained in Turkey, broke through a police barrier and threw stones, bottles and flares at the protesting refugees. After calls on social media and far right websites the fascist mob started to get bigger. The refugees were protesting peacefully for the freedom of movement for several days on Sappho square and remained peaceful during last nights fascist attacks.
While all 35 defendants should soon be released from detention, a gross miscarriage of justice took place today at the Mixed Jury Court in Chios, Greece where a ruling of guilty was declared against 32 of the 35 defendants. The 35 were arbitrarily and violently arrested in Moria camp in Lesvos on 18 July 2017 following what started as a peaceful protest outside of an EASO office. This inherently unsafe verdict, reached despite an overwhelming lack of evidence, follows a week long trial which continuously violated fundamental principles of a fair trial under Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights and brings into serious question the impartiality of both the Judges and Prosecutor in the case.
In between a police ring, and with last night’s events in Mytilene still in our heads, the second day of the trial of the 35 persecuted migrants from Moria began.
After the technical difficulties that the acoustic of the first day was faced with, today a microphone system was installed. However, thanks to the tremendous inspiration of whoever installed it, half of the trial was conducted with an echo effect, preventing the audience, as well as the defendants and the judges from hearing anything.
The court was adjourned with the examination of the witnesses for the prosecution. Out of the 10 witnesses that had been called in total, only seven showed up, six policemen and a fireman,
Three of the policemen (Stefopoulos Apostolos, Chasapis Vasilios, Kousvis Efstathios) were the heads of the riot police squads that operated on the day of the riot in the Moria detention centre. Within a jumble of contradictions and timeline deviations, they tried to claim, even through their preliminary examinations, that the 35 persecuted migrants were part of a frantic crowd that, without any reason, kept attacking the police for six hours, and tried to set fires left and right. The police, on the other hand, according to the testimonies of these witnesses, in a completely calm and well-planned operation, evacuated the camp from all the rest (although none of them could recall whether there were two, three or five thousand people who were staying in the camp at the time) trapped around 200 people in one area of the camp, where two out of the three squads (each numbering 12 people) restrained 32 of the 35 defendants while they were still throwing stones to the police. Surely, today they could not identify any one of the defendants, but (swearing with their hand on the gospel all the while) in the summer they were absolutely certain. What was also impressive was the ability of witness for prosecution Kousvis Efstathios to testify as an eye-witness for events that took place in the Moria detention centre before his squad had even arrived in the area, as his co-workers testified.
On the night of Saturday to Sunday, April 15, an inmate of Seysses prison, Jawad (27 years), died in his cell. The official thesis (that of the prison administration) speaks of “suicide by hanging”. But the relatives of the deceased believe rather that it was due to a violent beating by the screws. On Sunday, more than 90 prisoners respond to this death by refusing to go back to the cells. The protest lasts several hours and the PA decides to appeal to the ERIS to restore order.
The same evening, anger is expressed in the streets of la Reynerie district where many vehicles are burnt (more than a dozen), cops are stoned. The Mirail police station in Bellefontaine is also attacked with Molotov cocktails by young people during the evening. The night of disorder ends without any arrests.
On the night of Monday to Tuesday, April 17, the riots intensify and spread far beyond the Reynerie district: from Bellefontaine and Bagatelle, right to the district of Patte d’Oie towards Casselardit, and even to the Minimes, and also Blagnac and Colomiers. “Mobile groups of 30 to 40 people” ambush the police force deployed in large numbers for this second night of riots consecutively (besides the Toulouse squadrons, massive deployments of CRS squadrons throughout the neighbourhood, plus a helicopter from the National Gendarmerie). The cops are attacked with stones, garbage and vehicles are burned … Started around 20:40 in La Reyne rie, riots continue until 4am, all the neighbourhoods combined.
Since the evening of Monday, April 16, there have been demonstrations in the city centre with banners: Monday evening, slogans were shouted from Esquirol to Jean Jaurès via the capitol: “destroy prisons”, “cops murderers “, “Solidarity with la Reynerie” …
The arrogance of power that is attacking the ZAD makes us wild. We have had enough of symbolic protests.
So, on the night of 12 to 13 April, we set fire to a car with the plaque of a foreign diplomatic corps, in the rue de la Paix (next to the police station, he he he), in Les Lilas [the outskirts of Paris, in the department of Seine-Saint-Denis, n. 93, considered the most “hot” in France – although this is not the case with Les Lilas, a fairly rich municipality; Translator’s note.].
We are in solidarity with those and those who fight on the ZAD, at least with those who do not try to lay the foundations of another power, perhaps imaginary, but no less detestable.
A thought also for Krème, for the two people in jail because of the expulsion of Bure, for the person arrested in Limoges and the two of Ambert.
Solidarity with the anarchists on trial in Italy for the Scripta manent operation.
Freedom for all and everyone. Long live anarchy!
The German trail 
(translated from guerresociale)
 NdT: during the trial of the “Tarnac case” (which ended on April 12 with a general acquittal), one of the arguments of the defence was the fact that the sabotage that two people were accused of was claimed at the time by a German antinuclear group. For years already, the defence “suggested” to French justice to follow the “German trail”. We believe that this signature is a wink to this kind of defence, quite questionable. Les Lilas [Francia]: Solidarietà con a ZAD dal dipartimento 93 (13/04/2018)
TRAVELOGUE For a projectualty in times of war (and in times of peace)
The need for compasses
Often we think of our ideas as pillars staved-in stable grounds. However, the grounds are generally stable but in appearance. It’s enough for conditions to change, for the grounds becoming muddy or for the waters rising, to see our stable grounds move and our dear pillars subsiding like castles of cards. Then panic seizes us, we run from one indigestible alliance to the next one which is even more improbable, our concepts which we thought so solid become gelatinous, shift into modelling clay, and in a short laps of time, we become what we always despised: simple pawns on a chessboard we do not understand. This happened to quite some anarchists when the First World War broke out, it happened to Spanish anarchists dragged from a revolutionary situation into a full scale war, it happened to many revolutionaries caught up in the geopolitical games of the Cold Ward, and it will happen again tomorrow.
So, rather than pillars in all but stable grounds, let’s consider our ideas as compasses which allow us to put things in perspective. As anarchists, we fight against all power, being it bloodthirsty or tolerant, democratic or dictatorial, therefore, we can never rally the side of one power against the other. There are but two sides on a barricade, and when it is not our barricade, there’s also no side of us. That’s why it is so important to have these compasses-ideas in our pockets, to deepen and strengthen them, because only in very tense situations we are truly put to the test. It is surely more easy to reject any relation with authoritarians when death or prison are not roaming (although the opportunists do not in the least deprive themselves of such alliances) than to refuse in a situation of war a military alliance with an army when people are dying all around us, bombed by a merciless air force. A situation of war would put our anarchism to a rough test, and just as many comrades (often in minority) didn’t renounce their ethics nor their ideas even in the worst conditions, we have to restart today to deepen what is our anarchism, if not, we risk to be shipwrecked… very fast.
Nothing seems to be able any more to halt the path of war. When the popular revolt in Syria shifted towards a prolonged civil war, the massacres, devastations and exodus exceedingly surpassed what we are simple able to conceive. The listings of those killed renounced since a long time to make the daily adding. Hundred, two hundreds, four hundreds, seven hundred thousand dead… Three, four, six millions refugees… Thousand, fifteen thousand, thirty thousand air strikes… The slaughter is happening on scales beyond the reach of our minds. Nevertheless, they are very real.
The revolt in Syria has become a wasp nest of international interests (USA, Russia, Iran, Israel, Turkey, France, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia…) where allegiances and agreements fluctuate during the course towards the final abyss. Everything seems to point towards an unavoidable further extension of the war, when another corner will be turned, shifting from indirect clashes between the powers involved in the Syrian war towards open confrontations, with unforeseeable consequences, but which will come at the prize of hundreds of thousands of dead. Thus shall be shaped the new world in which we will soon wake up, a world different from the one of the Cold War, different from the dominion of a global watchdog with democratic accents guaranteeing the peace of the markets with military operations in singular regions. The invasion of Afrin by the Turkish Army is maybe but a prelude of the coming extension of the war on an even more vast scale.
Autumn of 2017. The Russian state actively participates in the Syrian war. International relations are destroyed by the annexation of the Crimea, military interventions and threats. Society remembers the murder of the prominent opposition politician Nemtsov. Hundreds of political immigrants and dozens of political prisoners. Trade sanctions and falling energy prices are devastating the economy. Mass protests against corruption and the general strike of cargo carriers, the guerrilla war of Islamists in the South – such is the reality of Russia. In just a few months, presidential elections will be held.
In October, vague rumors spread that a number of anarchists were arrested in Penza. But in the websites there is nothing. It is hard to get any of information. Even the number of detainees is unknown. Only some fragments of leaks are reporting that the anti-terrorist department of the FSB (secret service) is involved in the arrests. This is hard to believe, because in Penza for several years there have been no any radical actions. It seems that the rumors are unreliable, exaggerated.
A place to share practical skills and discuss strategy and tactics for
the fight against the oppression of animals and the destruction of their
We hope to build an effective network of animal liberation groups and
individuals across Europe.
There will also be a focus on how we can look after ourselves and each
other better to make our movement more resilient against repression and
other difficulties that we have to face.
The gathering will be organised using anarchist principles but that does
not mean that you have to be an anarchist to attend. The workshops will
be translated into Spanish, English and French. If you can help with
these translations please contact us in advance.
We will also like you to know that we will set up a room for an small
antiespecist antimarket, so we will be very happy if you bring the
materials you have to share, with or without cost (fanzines, books,
leaflets, t-shirts etc).
It would be really useful to know how many people are coming. If you are
interested in attending or if you would like to offer a workshop please
Yes they are strong, they come with all this equipment, all this gaz, all this pollution and all this physical and psychological violence, and still the zad resists, still people continue to forge bonds and liberate space while facing the fascist state with his crushing boots that is trying to devour our life’s and environments.
There is a part of the ecosystem that does not want to be regulated, neither by state, nor crapitalists, nor oppressors. The earth is howling and we’re hearing its call and growling and howling back. Some of us move with a black gentle swiftness dancing on the sound of the resistance fighting to be able to keep dancing to the drums of emancipation, singing with the songs of free birds. But compas are also falling to the beat downs of the violent predators, hungry for power, hungry for punishment, hungry for victory.
Lets not forget those that are in the grip of repression. Those that are being put away behind walls for seeing clarity, objective, common sense. Lets not forget those that they are trying to enchain, those who become movement and those they can’t control or incite to servitude, nor able to force to submission. The states and their hordes of robots mutilate and kill those in their line of sight, those they can’t touch, those that dance with love, solidarity and inspiration or standing tall in the face of oppression and domination. Resisting and struggling with determination and servitude that tomorrow we all could wake up in a world where violence is not imposed or utilised for psychopathic capitalist and egocentric projects, or by sociopathic political social and isolating structures. They are after those that are fighting back, those who are holding on, those that are releasing their anger fed by truth, consciousness and consideration. They manipulate and exploit those who are unable to fight back, crushing and sufficating them untill they break or become of no use and die.
June 11th is an international day of solidarity with Marius Mason and
all long-term anarchist prisoners. A spark in the eternal night of state
repression. A day set aside for honoring those who have been stolen from
us. On this day, we share in songs, events, and actions to celebrate our
captured comrades and loved ones. In years past, June 11th celebrations
have been international and wide-ranging – from potlucks with friends to
various inspiring attacks; fundraising benefits and prisoner letter
writing nights to all of the untold and unknown ways we keep the flame
Building up to this day, each year several of us come together to
discuss and reflect on lessons from years past and to renew this call
for continuous solidarity. This year we invite you to explore and ponder
with us how maintaining support for long-term prisoners depends directly
on sustaining the movements and struggles we all remain part of. How can
we expect to continue through decades of support as movements, groups,
and people come and go, burn out, and get caught in the exhausting ebbs
and flows of struggle? Going deeper, what can we learn from long-term
prisoners and their legacies of solidarity? How can we sustain and
improve the health of our movements, and in turn strengthen that
Over the last several years, critiques of incarceration have flourished,
often resulting in a myriad of prisoner support efforts and projects.
Embodying stability, commitment, and longevity are prisoners from Black
liberation, the New Left, indigenous movements, and those who have
unceasingly supported them for decades. In addition to these efforts,
there has been an upsurge in organizing against mass incarceration
itself. Though smaller groups had been pioneering these sentiments for
many years prior, it is encouraging to see more people taking up this
work. There has also been an extension of efforts to support prison
rebels who have been engaging in everything from work strikes to burning
and trashing entire units on the inside. At the same time, more and more
projects are critiquing the state itself – identifying that it is upheld
by the pillars of prisons and police. Finally, there are more efforts
aimed at addressing the needs of queer and trans prisoners, criminalized
survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, and people living with mental
health challenges, just to name a few.
A few days ago we went through the streets in anger. A scarf on the face, a knife in the pocket. A vehicle of SECURITAS, ffsss, ffsss, ffsss. Then a vigilance vehicle, ffsss, ffsss, ffsss. Two vehicles of SPIE, involved in the construction of prisons in France: ffsss, ffsss, ffsss. A vehicle of TELEKOM, which produces and develops surveillance technology for prisons: same as before, slashed tyres.
Vehicles of these companies are to be found in every city, in every neighbourhood. Attack is easy. This is for all those who struggle against the prison system. Strength and greetings!
On Thursday 29th March 2018, between 1am and 3am, a good number of opponents gathered outside the TAP yard and banged on the iron gates for a long time. Workers who at that late hour were still intent at working on the up-thrust well for the micro tunnel, finally gave up, turned off the lights and locked themselves in the containers used as changing room. The banging continued for quite a while until some police cars arrived and placed themselves in front of the main entrance.
In the afternoon of 4th April two TAP agronomists engaged in a reconnaissance mission between the olive trees along the track of the gas pipe in the countryside of Melendugno, found themselves with their car blocked by a big stone placed across the pathway. As they were trying to go on, the car body and tyres were damaged. The alleged responsible for the block, on the contrary, went away undisturbed and dispersed in the surrounding countryside before the police turned out, alerted by one of the two technicians’ phone call.
Την Τρίτη 17 Απριλίου, ως δομή αυτοάμυνας καταλήψεων και μεταναστευτικών εγχειρημάτων, καλέσαμε μια ανοιχτή συγκέντρωση μπροστά από τη γαλλική πρεσβεία. Αυτή η συγκέντρωση οργανώθηκε σε αλληλεγγύη με εκείνους κ’ εκείνες που αντιστέκονται και αγωνίζονται ενάντια στην εκκένωση του ZAD Notre-Dame-des-Landes.
Για περισσότερο από δύο εβδομάδες από τότε που οι δυνάμεις του Γαλλικού κράτους εισέβαλαν στην απελευθερωμένη ζώνη, κατέστρεψαν τις οικιστικές και κοινοτικές δομές, έκαναν έξωση ή συνέλαβαν κατοίκους, ο αγώνας συνεχίζεται. Παρά τις συνθήκες πολιορκίας και ψυχολογικού πολέμου που επιβλήθηκαν από τη συνεχή παρουσία μπάτσοι, ελικόπτερα, drones που περιπολούν την περιοχή, εκατοντάδες άνθρωποι ήρθαν από όλη την επικράτεια και στο εξωτερικό για να συμμετάσχουν στην ανακατασκευή και στην υπεράσπισης της ζώνης. Κατά τις καθημερινές συγκρούσεις που συμβαίνουν στο ZAD, περισσότεροι από 150 άνθρωποι έχουν τραυματιστεί από χιλιάδες δακρυγόνων, χειροβομβίδες κρότου-λάμψης και ξυλοδαρμούς από τις κατασταλτικές δυνάμεις.
Καθώς φτάσαμε μπροστά από την πρεσβεία, πέντε κλούβες περίμεναν ήδη την άφιξή μας, εμποδίζοντας οποιαδήποτε προσέγγιση κοντά στο κτίριο. Περίπου 60 άτομα στέκονταν σε μια ώρα, κρατώντας ένα πανό, διανέμοντας κείμενα και φυλλάδια σε τρεις διαφορετικές γλώσσες.
Συνεχίζουμε να είμαστε αλληλέγγυοι με τη μάχη του ZAD Nddl και να υποστηρίξουμε τις άλλες θέσεις αντίστασης στη Γαλλία, όπως την αντιπυρηνική ζώνη του Bure, οι οποίες βρίσκονται υπό την καταπίεση του κράτους και των καπιταλιστικών βιομηχανιών.
For more than two weeks since the states forces of france invaded in the liberated zone, demolished the housing and communal structures, expelled and arrested some inhabitants, the struggle is going on. Despite of the conditions of siege and psychological war imposed by the constant presence of cops, helicopters, drones patrolling the area, hundreds of people came from all over the territory and abroad to participate in the reconstruction and the defense of the zone. During the daily conflicts occurring in the ZAD, more than 150 persons gοt hurt from the thousands of tear gas, explosive grenades and beating up used by the repressive forces.
After a series of difficulties and threats of postponement, the trial began regularly today.
As we have said before, the transfer of the trial from Mytilene to Chios can only be viewed as yet another tactical move of the state against the solidarity movement that has been developed for the 35 persecuted migrants. A move that aims at isolating the migrants from the wave of solidarity in Lesvos, creating crucial obstacles for those in solidarity, as well as for the witnesses, making it difficult for them to attend the trial.
On Tuesday July 18, 2017, police attacked a peaceful protest that took place in the detention center of Moria using tear gas and flash grenade grenades. Some of the protesting migrants resisted, responding with just a small measure of the violence they experience daily. Many hours later, while the interior of the detention centre had returned to what passes for “normality”, riot police and plain clothes officers started a raid. They beat people indiscriminately and finally arrested 35 people at random. Their sole criterion was skin colour, targeting only people of African descent. The arrestees were brought to the Central Police Department of Lesvos, where they were held without any medical help despite having suffered severe beatings. Severely beaten and terrified, the 35 accused were presented to an investigator to face serious charges, most notable among which was “life-threatening arson”. This accusation may result in many years of imprisonment, and simultaneously exclude the convicted from the asylum process. Thirty of them were placed in pre-trial detention, while the rest were handed restrictive orders of residence on the island.
On Friday April 20, the 35 accused will be tried in the Mixed Jury Court of Chios. All of them deny their participation in the events, and have presented proof of their innocence. The “war against migrants” is intensified, taking as its victims those already placed at the bottom of society. The policy of constructing spaces of exception at the European borders – spaces where all those who have not lost their lives during their passage will be detained and suffer severe dehumanisation and violence – is now present and expanding in the interior of Fortress Europe. At the same time, through a militaristic racist rhetoric, the national regime is drumming up consensus to the continuation and intensification of policies which further devalue those placed “at the bottom” of society. The only chinks of light breaking through this cloud of totalitarianism are the ongoing resistances that rise through the diverse, horizontal and unmediated struggles of those opposed to it.
April 19, 2018
A new documentary by Fridoon Joinda was released yesterday about the case of the Moria 35. Watch it now in full length in English or English with Greek subtitles!
“They came to Europe to seek safety and a respectable life but now they are treated like criminals: 35 men are awaiting their trial on 20th of April. If they are convicted, they could be imprisoned for ten years. “From what I understand, I was only arrested because I am a black man”, Sekou Guindo explains.”
Please share the documentary! It is also possible to organize a screening in your city, just contact us or- even better- the directors directly!
“Biggest release in the history of British animal liberation? On the evening of the 14th April 2018, our group entered onto the 1 and half acre site owned by ‘Southern Partridges’. There was a mix of older cages and newer ones, each cage typically houses 2 – 5 birds. The long rows of cages side by side on this site means that in total there are easily 20,0000+ partridges when the site is full.
The purpose of having this factory farm set up is so that many thousands of eggs are hatched onsite every week and are then sold on to shoots to just be used as live targets. Well, not any more.
The rows of cages go right up to the home of the owner, those last few rows of cages closest to the house were left due to concern over the noise of fleeing birds waking the occupants. A few rows of cages were also already empty, meaning in total between 12,000-16,000 birds were released. The older style cages had a slide wooden flap, the newer ones had a lifting metal flap, each one of us was opening cages at the rate of 60-80 a minute. We worked hard and in less than two hours we’d opened as many as we could, the air was thick with birds, partridges flew around us constantly. It was a truly uplifting experience knowing our evening’s work was saving all these individual lives from a hellish daily experience, not only that, but also none of their offspring would be taken and sold on to gamekeepers. That night we dealt a huge blow to the partridge shooting industry in the UK and those involved in this disgusting activity would be foolish not to expect more from us.
Until every cage is empty, Animal Liberation Front”