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CHRONICLES OF A JOURNEY AND LANDING IN THE KINGDOM OF L’AQUILA
Early wake-up call Saturday 6th April: 3 of us are transferred to L’Aquila from the AS2 section (high security) in Rebibbia prison in Rome. In practice the AS2 section in Rebibbia was shut down in the days following our transfer and may have been converted into an AS3 section given the overcrowded conditions for prisoners accused and/or convicted of criminal conspiracy – Art. 416 of the Italian penal code (a similar thing happened in March 2017 when the entire female AS2 section of Latina prison – communists and anarchists – was moved to Rebibbia and later converted into an AS3 section).
Currently, we are in the AS2 section of the Abruzzo region which now holds the sad record of being the only female high security section in Italy classed as AS2. It’s a very small section comprising four single cells and is known as the “sezione gialla” [“yellow section”]. The space was set up and used in the past as a female 41bis section [41bis is the hard prison regime set up in Italy in the early 90s] and is one that now – other than us “new arrivals” (forgive the excesses of inmate terminology but there you go) – also holds a muslim prisoner classed as AS2 who, following the transfer of two other prisoners held in the same section in February, spent more than 20 days in isolation. We can therefore assume that our arrival helped the DAP [Italian department of prison administration] avoid any embarrassment regarding the conditions of her detention.
It wasn’t a very hot day that day. Yet the sun had shone all over the French capital. On 4th April 2019, a few men landed on the asphalt of some Paris airport. They had come from Libya with a mission: to seek the agreement of that State to unleash a vast military offensive.
These men arrived in haste were emissaries of marshal Haftar, chief of the Libyan national army (LNA). Paris gave the go-ahead. A few hours later, thousands of LNA soldiers set off for the conquest of Tripoli, the Libyan capital in the hands of the national unity government (NUG), which international bodies recognized as the ‘legitimate government’ of a land torn by militias, parliaments, para-military groups, mercenaries and jihadists. Since 4th April, fighting has led to hundreds of dead and wounded between combatants and the population.
Jock Palfreeman, an Australian serving a 20-year jail sentence in Bulgaria on trumped-up murder charges, has been on a hunger strike since April 21.
There has been little news about Palfreeman because the Bulgarian prison authorities have gone to great lengths to cut off any communication he had with the outside world.
While Palfreeman is no newcomer to protest, including in prison, the lack of information about his condition is worrying. His family have been able to get updates through his lawyer Kalin Angelov, who has received sporadic phone calls from Palfreeman. Angelov says the hunger strike is serious and a sign of desperation.
“Palfreeman’s hunger strike is a desperate outcry; a call for help in a moment of woe and adversity,” he wrote on May 7.
On the 12 of April we decided to release a banner in central Malmö (Sweden) in solidarity with the imprisoned comrades of the so called “Network” case. A simple gesture to remind the accused that they are not forgotten or alone, that the world is watching, to ourselves to remind us that they are not separate nad that an attack on them is a threat against all of us. And of course a reminder to the police, the state and it’s supporters that we are awake and alive and that our networks are larger and more complex than they ever can imagine.
In the early morning of April 26th, the criminal justice building (courthouse) on Sieveking Pl. was attacked in Hamburg. A burning barricade of tires was erected on the street, the facade and windows were damaged with paint and stones, and fires were set on a camera mast to destroy it.
In many places fighting individuals are currently facing court. Solidarity with the unrepentant and uncooperative prisoners. The G20 fighters in Hamburg, the accused anarchists facing trial in Belgium for rioting. The Russian anarchists who defy torture, incitement and imprisonment. The anarchists in Italy who spit in the face of ongoing repressive operations, solitary confinement, surveillance and long prison sentences. If fighting for freedom is a crime, then innocence would be the worst crime of them all. Solidarity means keep fighting!
Fire Ant is a quarterly publication focused on spreading the words of anarchist prisoners and generating material solidarity for our imprisoned friends. Begun as a collaboration between anarchist prisoners and anarchists in Maine, Fire Ant seeks to raise material aid for anarchist prisoners while fostering communication between anarchists on both sides of the walls.
Issue #3 features writings by anarchist prisoners Michael Kimble (on the state of prisoner resistance), Jennifer Rose (on Taoism), Eric King (on his New Year wishes), Sean Swain (on chasing paper), Noah Coffin (on poverty and drugs), Thomas Meyer-Falk (on preventative detention in Germany), as well as writings by outside anarchists on anarchism’s impoverishment and the June 11th International Day of Solidarity with Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners. Plus art by Michael Kimble and Sean Swain.
On the morning of May 22nd 2009 comrade Mauricio Morales died in action following the premature detonation of the explosive device with which he intended to attack the School of the Gendarmerie, a factory of miserable jailers.
We remember the life of Punki Mauri, the life he chose to live, his ideas and actions, the decisions that led him to take the anarchist path, with heart and conviction. From the street we try to keep anarchy alive, in every gesture of active and conflictual memory, without victimisation or docility, making act and word a dangerous element for the social order of the powerful.
Nothing is over Everything continues
For the spreading of chaos … Prokura ke viva la anarkía
Fiera of anti-prison memory, remembering comrade Mauricio Morales Comrades, we invite you to participate in the Fiera of anti-prison memory to remember Mauricio Morales and the 81 prisoners murdered by the State next Sunday, May 5, from 16:00, in front of San Miguel prison [in Santiago de Chile].
Remembering an anarchist comrade who fought against all cages and the prison society up to the last day of his life, right in front of the prison where the State and the Gendarmerie killed 81 prisoners on December 8th 2010 has a meaning and a special value. We are claiming a historical memory of combat full of experiences that challenge domination, in every possible scenario and at any time; the drawing on the poster was the cover of bulletin number 4 (1998) of the publication “Libelo” done by the Kamina Libre collective in the High Security prison.
The callout is to meet in front of the prison, a space of memory that the families of the murdered prisoners are taking month after month, with determination, feeding a flame that never extinguishes.
We invite you to bring your propaganda exhibitions with anti-authoritarian material or self-productions, to continue to spread the black menace. During the day there will be vegan food, information about the prisoners and some comrades will share some music.
Silvia, Agnese and Anna were transferred from the AS2 (High Security) unit of Rebibbia to that of L’Aquila over a week ago. In the prison of L’Aquila, the capital of the Abruzzo region, nearly all the prisoners are subjected to the 41bis regime. This regime of harsh imprisonment involves 23-hour confinement a day, reduction of time in the exercise yard, impossibility to cook in the cell, where light is dimmed by the presence of opaque transparent plastic panels, only an hour visit with family members, which also takes place with glass partitions with no possibility of contact.
Moreover there’s no way you can have more than four books in the cell, letters are always subjected to censorship, it’s impossible to attend trials other than via video-conferencing. In prisons where there is 41bis, the shadow of this regime extends well beyond the units concerned and ends up changing prison conditions for the rest of the prisoners.
Late saturday evening, May 4, we commited an attack with stones against the store front of the office from Sebastian Schlüsselburg, member of the Committee on Justice and Secret Service, parliamentarian of „Die Linke“ in the district of Berlin-Lichtenberg. Most of its windows were smashed.
This is our direct answer to the latest events for which these political representatives of pure social-darwinism hold responsibility. To be mentioned first is the voting in the parliament of the district (BVV) Continue Reading →
May 7, 2019
by actforfreedom Comments Off on $hile : Propaganda en memoria del compañero Mauricio Morales, a 10 años de su muerte en acción
La madrugada del 22 de mayo de 2009 muere en axión el compañero Mauricio Morales, tras la detonación anticipada del artefacto explosivo con el que pretendía atacar la Escuela de Gendarmería, fábrica de miserables carceleros.
Recordamos la vida del Punki Mauri, la vida que eligió vivir, sus ideas y acciones, las decisiones que lo llevaron a transitar el camino anárquico, con corazón y convicción. Desde la kalle procuramos que siga viva la anarquía, en cada gesto de memoria activa y confrontacional, sin victimismo ni docilidad, haciendo en el acto y la palabra un elemento peligroso para el orden social de los poderosos.
NADA HA ACABADO TODO CONTINÚA
por la expansión del caos… PROKURA KE VIVA LA ANARKÍA
May 7, 2019
by actforfreedom Comments Off on Trento,Italy: Presentation of Let’s take the city
Saturday 4th May, 3pm, Parco San Pio X (between Via Vittorio Veneto and Via Matteotti) – Trento
Let’s take the city. A story like this should never end. It tells of squatted houses, violent evictions, escapes from the rooftops
(La Barricata, Milan, March 2019)
In 1971, dozens of families interned in ‘eviction centres’ or confined in the dormitory neighbourhoods of Milan and province, with the support of comrades, led to a series of occupations of buildings built with workers’ money and left empty. An experience that was to involve the University of Architecture – where an hitherto unheard of permanent seminar on the housing problem was held with the evicted people invited to talk… – which began to criticize in practice the divisions on which capitalist everyday life is based. From factories to houses, from canteens to clinics, from the asylum to self-defence against the police, ‘let’s take the city’ was a cry of joy, sharing, revolution…
We’ll talk with the editors of the book, some of them participated in the experience in first person
At the end of the discussion: projection of a documentary
Niccolò is out of the prison of Cuneo and will have to sign every day at the police station nearest his home.
On the contrary the situation concerning four comrades remains uncertain; the comrades were heading to Turin to take part in the demo on 30th and were stopped on Friday evening near a toll booth in Rondissone. Accused of possession of explosive material, they have been in Le Vallette prison ever since. A hearing took place there this morning for the validation of the arrests. As soon as we know the result we’ll let you know.
The PAF is the border militia: an army of cops that systematizes racist arrests. On the border roads, at the stations, the PAF only targets racialized people in the hope of finding those who are undocumented.
We think it is necessary to attack the PAF, who are a concrete expression of all this violence and oppression. They track people for a piece of paper: those whose papers are not ‘in order’ are taken to places of confinement where they are drugged, assaulted, starved and put in solitary confinement when they are injured. From the testimony of the imprisoned, these places are ‘worse than prison’.
Palang Hitam / Anarchist Black Cross Indonesia has temporarily ceased activity due to problems with a former member who misused international donations. At present there is no anarchist organization supporting those facing repression, so support is being provided spontaneously and individually. Here is an update about the situation in several cities.
In Bandung, there was a peaceful action by a group of anarchists almost 1000 strong. It even consisted of mothers, children and teenage girls. Police attacked them and broke the bloc into two groups. They were then chased, beaten and arrested. The pretext for this was ‘vandalism’, some spray-painted graffiti. Many of those who were arrested were stripped and had their heads shaved. Some were spray-painted on their faces and bodies as well. Many were forced to crawl along the road in their underwear. In total 619 anarchists were arrested, of these, 3 still remain in custody for destruction of property.
May 1st in Kiev we held a traditional march. The events in Haymarket, which initiated the May Day tradition took place long ago in 1886, but the social problems that led people to revolt back then remain relevant to this day. Authorities continue to attack our rights, and only together will we be able to stop them.
Join the anarchist movement in the struggle for our common future!
29 and 30 April 2019 the trial against the anarchists charged with “criminal association” and for a series of offences took place in Brussels. Two defendants attended the trial in the Criminal Court Room. They refused to answer the judges’ questions. The other ten accused did not show up. All were represented by lawyers.
Following the arguments of the magistrate Malignini of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office the lawyers then spoke. The magistrate requested the following sentences for the various defendants:
300 hours’ work or a prison sentence of 4 years (1 person)
250 hours’ work or a prison sentence of 3 years (2 persons)
200 hours’ work or a prison sentence of 30 months (4 persons)
150 hours’ work or a prison sentence of 18 months (1 person)
100 hours’ work or a prison sentence of 12 months (1 person)
12 months’ suspended sentence or a fine of 50 euros (1 person)
Acquittal (2 persons)
The accused refused to accept a work sentence. The court will therefore not be able to pronounce such sentences.
Today 18/4/19, we have hung up four banners at various locations in The Hague, the Netherlands, in solidarity with the anarchists being prosecuted in Belgium. Hundreds of flyers were also thrown around.
From 2008, the Belgian State started a large investigation aiming at different struggles – but always without concessions – against detention centres, borders, prisons and the world of authority and exploitation. In its viewfi nder: the anarchist library Acrata, anarchist and anti-authoritarian publications (Hors Service, La Cavale and Tout doit partir), dozens of flyers and posters, more than a hundred actions, attacks and sabotages…in other words the fi ght against Power in all its different expressions.
Initially charged with “participation to a terrorist group”, it is fi nally under the accusation of “criminal association” that 12 comrades will be on trial during the week of 29th April 2019.
In late 2008, a midst diffuse hostilities triggered by the revolt in Greece following the assassination of Alexis by police, the Belgian Federal Prosecutor launches an investigation of anarchists and anti-authoritarians. In 2010, on the basis of a list of actions that the police attribute to the “anarchist movement” and while the struggle against the construction of a new detention centre in Steenokkerzeel is underway, examining judge Isabelle Panou is assigned to the investigation, which has now fallen under anti-terrorist directive. In May, then in September 2013, a dozen house searches took place within this investigation, targeting different homes as well as the anarchist library Acrata in Brussels. It is on this occasion that the existence of an anti-terrorist investigation fi rst emerges. This investigation is led by the anti-terrorist branch of the Federal Judicial Police backed by the State Security and the General Intelligence and Security Agency of the army as well as various anti-terrorist branches of other European countries. The investigation is closed in 2014, culminating in the referral of twelve anarchists and anti- authoritarians to the Court Chambers.