More than 200 people have gathered in protest outside Cardiff Bay police station over the death of a man who died on Saturday 9th of January hours after being released from police custody.
Protestors marched to the station from Cardiff’s city centre, chanting “no justice, no peace” and demanded the force release CCTV of the 24-year-old’s custody stint. Some held signs that read : Black Lives Matter and “stop police brutality”.
Mohamud Mohammed Hassan was arrested on Friday evening after reports of a disturbance at his home, and released the following morning without charge.
But he was later found dead at his house..On Saturday evening – his family claim he was assaulted while in custody, with lots of wounds on his body and lots of bruises…
January 19, 2021
by actforfreedom Comments Off on Brussels,Belgium: Demonstrations, riots and the burning of the police station
Angry people set fire to a police station and clashed with cops in Brussels after a protest demanding justice for Ibrahima Barrie, a 23-yr-old black man who was killed in police custody on Saturday 9/1/21 .
January 19, 2021
by actforfreedom Comments Off on New Issue of Anathema(usa)
Eight students, members of the self organized , occupied, students’ center of Athens University of Economics and Business are facing severe charges including formation of and participation in criminal organization, charges fabricated under a state police scheme which is backed by the university rector council. Confirming the loose file, authorities fail to detain the eight comrades -due to lack of sufficient evidence- but impose 3,000€ bail for each of the four, along with man-datory report of presence at police stations once a month, while the remaining four are left completely free until the trial.
We are 8 people, politically active in the radical / anarchist movement in Greece, particularly in Athens. Among others, we participate in the Self Organized Students’ Center in the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), which is a squat inside the main building of the university. It’s occupied up to 18 years until now, constantly active as a political group, in most of the movements against suppression, racism, fascism, police violence, homophobia, austerity measures, public transports restrictions, anti-immigration and neonazism, or participated in other political acts.
What is happening now and why we are in need of cross border solidarity:
After an action in solidarity with evicted squats that happened in 29th of October 2020 law en-forcement started an attack against the center. The action itself is not to be discussed, we are not affiliated in any way with it or the group that took responsibility. Greek state, is now ac-cusing 8 students and members of self organized student’s center for participating in that, mak-ing them the main suspects of the legal case which will be taken in courts. In 23/12, police sent calls for interrogation for 8 comrades, while the brief of the case hadn’t been filed or formally handed out yet. In 08/01, all 8 comrades were interrogated and passed through the regular pro-cess in front of the district attorney. Confirming the loose case file, the authorities scheme and the targeting of student’s political identity, attorney didn’t decide the prosecution and deten-tion of any of the 8 accused comrades.
With D.p.c.m. [emergency ‘prime-minister’s’ decree], curfew, red zones and lockdown, they would like us locked inside our homes, lobotomized in front of a computer or smartphone screen, paralyzed by the fear of going out and violating ordinances and prohibitions.
WE DO NOT GIVE IN TO RESIGNATION.
WE CONTINUE TO ATTACK…
TO PRACTICE DIRECT ACTION!!!
One late afternoon in the beginning of January 2021 an antenna with 4G and 5G repeaters was set on fire.
FIRE TO THE HYPERCONNECTED WORLD
FLAMES TO THE SOCIETY OF CONTROL
A hug to our sisters and our brothers imprisoned for Operation Bialystok, to Anna and Alfredo, to Beppe, Natascia, Davide and to all the anarchist prisoners locked up in the jails.
In the night of December 17 2020, a repeater near an exit of the G.R.A [long orbital motorway] of Rome was sabotaged by fire.
An incendiary action that brings alive our memory of revenge for the State massacre carried out in the Italian prisons in revolt in March 2020, during the first lockdown.
Throughout these days the revolts of the prisoners demanding health and freedom were bloodily repressed by the security organs of the State. In addition to beatings, transfers and retaliation, 14 people were killed.
The bosses of the media hastily covered up the story, reporting the killings on a par with accidental deaths from drugs overdose.
In the face of the unbearable noise of these lies we respond with a blaze of destructive silence.
Aware of the changing complexity that surrounds us we decide to act because this, none other, is our time.
A warm greeting to all the anarchist prisoners in Italy and the world,
Trento – In the night between 22 and 23 November 2020, 3 fibre optic cabinets sabotaged. One near an industrial centre, one in an industrial zone near GLS and IVECO and one at a branch of the police headquarters.
Found written nearby: JUAN FREE, IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE ACCUSED OF OP. ”SCRIPTA MANENT”, SOLIDARITY WITH THE IMPRISONED REVOLUTIONARIES EVERYONE FREE (A)
That same night a prison police vehicle was vandalised, with the words: SOLIDARITY WITH THE REBELS written nearby.
Estos últimos días no nos hemos quedado en casa. Al igual que muchos y muchas otras no nos resignamos a contemplar pasivos la gestión de la catástrofe por parte del Estado. No aceptamos complacientes como se refuerza una realidad plagada de militares, policías, cámaras de videovigilancia, drones, aplicaciones de rastreo… mientras la pobreza y la explotación aumentan; mientra la represión golpea a las que luchan y a los entornos políticos que no aceptan la pacificación democrática y se siguen posicionando contra el Poder.
Estas noches salimos a hacer una pequeña visita a algunas oficinas de las principales empresas eléctricas, importantes representantes de este capitalismo patrio, vinculadas, cómo no, a las altas esferas políticas del poder ejecutivo. Pintadas y cristaleras rotas como forma de ataque contra aquellos que obtienen beneficio en base al robo y explotación de las necesidades básicas. Fuego a sus vehículos como metáfora antagónica al frío que literalmente hacen pasar a muchas personas.
Que estas empresas, destructoras de la tierra, con sus fórmulas extractivistas y perpetuadoras del colonialismo español, sientan la guerra. Especial mención para Naturgy e Iberdrola, corresponsables junto con el gobierno español (si, ese cogobierno progresista y de izquierdas) de cortar la luz a los y las habitantes de la Cañada Real, al igual que a otras miles de personas alrededor de la península, a la vez que impulsan una subida en los precios muy poco asimilable para gran parte de la población.
In the night of 23rd December we marked the premises of the cement company LafargeHolcim in Zurich-Oerlikon with paint to draw attention to the global crimes against people and the environment and to express solidarity with the struggles for climate justice from Zurich (Eclépens) to Rojava.
We are living in a climate crisis – here and now. The very existence of more and more people all over the world is being being threatened by capitalism through exploitation, poverty, patriarchal and racist violence, wars and disasters caused by man. Let’s start to organize together so as to cease being exposed to this apparent lack of perspective.
In 2018 students went on strike for the climate for the first time and launched the rapidly spreading movement Strike for climate/Friday for the future, realizing that we can no longer see the climate crisis as something abstract in the future, but that it is already a reality today. We think it is important to stay active, even in these Corona times. Because the pandemic doesn’t mean a pause for the exploitation and destruction of the environment but is intensifying the multiple crises of capitalism, so the struggle for living together in solidarity and in respect for nature is still urgently necessary.
Last October, activists occupied the hill of Mormont in the 1312 Eclépens VD and declared a ZAD (zone à défendre – zone to be defended) of the Hill to oppose the extension of a concrete quarry planned by LafargeHolcim, which has already destroyed half of this hill rich in biodiversity. This quarry is the sixth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases in Switzerland. In order to produce concrete, limestone needs to be burnt at 1,450 degrees Celsius, and such high temperatures can be only achieved by using fossil fuels and burning waste as an additive. On the other hand, sand needs to be added to concrete for building, and a shortage of suitable sand is already becoming evident all over the world.
When LafargeHolcim talk about sustainable construction, it is nothing more than cynical greenwashing, because concrete construction can never be ecological. The fact that the Swiss multinational is literally walking on dead bodies for its profits is demonstrated by its practically endless list of crimes: the eviction of peasants in Eclépens and other areas, the poisoning of people in Nigeria, hundreds of fatal accidents of its workers and the list goes on and on.
Today, January 13, Anna was transferred from the Rome Rebibbia female prison to that of Messina, where she was imprisoned until August last year. We recall that the comrade was arrested on September 6, 2016 for the anti-anarchist repressive operation «Scripta Manent», sentenced in the first instance trial to 17 years (April 24, 2019) and in that of appeal to 16 years and 6 months (November 24, 2020).
Revolutionary solidarity with imprisoned anarchists! Death to the State and capital, long live anarchy!
Below is the address of the comrade:
Anna Beniamino C. C. «Gazzi» femminile via Consolare Valeria 2 98124 Messina Italia — Italy
Yesterday two people detained in the CPR of Gradisca tried to escape from the structure; sadly their escape attempt didn’t succeed. They were arrested and tell us that they were beaten by the police who took them back to the concentration camp. The other people started shouting at them to stop but the police quickly hasted to silence them with violence too, we are told.
From inside they tell us they can’t take it any longer, that they are lost in a dark hole, they are cold, don’t have any clothes and have to put their dirty things back on when they wash. Their courage and determination in trying to free themselves from the condition of everyday humiliation and imprisonment show us that all the attempts to annihilate human beings typical of structures such as jails and cpr don’t succeed in their intent.
In solidarity with those who rebelled yesterday and tried to escape
FIRE TO THE CPRs
FIRE TO THE PRISONS
January 15, 2021
by actforfreedom Comments Off on Leipzig, Germany : Army Jeeps Set on Fire in Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners
Late on the evening of December 31, 2020, we set fire to seven Bundeswehr [German army] jeeps in the Mercedes parking lot in Leipzig-Schönefeld. The military deserves our attention as part of the toolbox of state repression, along with the other institutions which in recent years have been attacked on New Year’s Eve.
Many valid arguments can be used to criticize the Bundeswehr: it is in war (“large-scale missions abroad”). She is there to enforce, by force, the interests of the German state around the world. It is an authoritarian structure, filled with right-wing networks and characterized by macho relations. Along with the military platform at Leipzig-Halle Airport, the city of Leipzig, which aspires to a good reputation, also has a military structure that can operate all over the world. Continue Reading →
January 12, 2021
by actforfreedom Comments Off on Berlin, Germany – Christmas visit to the federal office of the Criminal Police
The German security apparatus, in particular BKA [Bundeskriminalamt, federal office of the Criminal Police, one of which is located in Berlin], has been very active this year in the repression against anarchist and antifascist milieus. Their “commitment” has not been forgotten, so on 22nd December, just after midnight, we paid a Christmas visit to the Counter-terrorism Centre of the Ministry of the Interior in the Seehofer area with burnt skips and bottles of bitumen.
BKA, the Federal Office for the protection of the Constitution and the Federal Police are responsible for the war on refugees, their expulsion and for collaborating with State forces such as the NSU (Nationalsozialisticher Untergrund: a clandestine nazi group, among other things responsible for the death of nine immigrants between 2000 and 2006, repeatedly “covered up” by the German police and secret services). The lines of communication of the LKA [Landeskriminalamt, the judicial police of the State] also converge in Berlin, which is developing a practice of conspiracy methods thanks to the “Law on security and general order”, and in recent years has also seen a remarkable number of fascists engaged in its ranks.
A video taken last night 31/12/20 at the [TAV] construction yard of Chiomonte… it seems that the elves of Clarea welcomed in the new year, NO TAV-style, with wishes for still more struggle and resistance.
January 12, 2021
by actforfreedom Comments Off on Italy – Greetings to the prisoners of Teramo
This horrible year has been even worse inside prisons, with contagion spreading in the jails, revolts put down in blood with several prisoners murdered, then the State’s revenge with court proceedings and punitive transfers for those who’d raised their heads.
Solidarity from “outside”, even with greetings or other small things, is always welcomed by those locked up, it is a sign that they are not alone, especially at a time like this.
So, as has already happened during this pandemic, also on one of the festive days (even worse days if you are locked up) we are back outside the walls of the prison of Teramo, a prison at “saturation point”, the media say, because of the anti-covid regulations. Those arrested now are being diverted directly to other jails, even outside the region, and news came a few days ago that the latest covid hotspot was reported to be inside the prison of Lanciano.
For the 12th* year in row, folks in Hamilton rung in the new year with a noise demo outside the Barton jail. COVID has changed a lot of our organizing context this year, and made a lot of traditions harder to keep, but was too important to miss.
If anything, COVID has exacerbated many of the existing horrors of prison. Barton prisoners saw the loss of visits for big chunks of this year, only winning them back for a period of time through a series of courageous hunger strikes. There is the constant threat of the pandemic spreading through the jail, as we’ve seen at countless other institutions. The administration’s response to the pandemic has been to further erode prisoner’s basic “rights”.
This year also saw the strengthening of relationships across the walls, with folks finding new ways to connect to those on the inside and amplify prisoners’ voices.
A crew of about 20 met up and set off fireworks on all sides of the prison, to a spirited response from inside. Even with some additional challenges this year, it felt really important and worthwhile to preserve these moments of connection and celebration. As long as there are walls and cages keeping our neighbours locked up, we must find ways to be vocal, creative, and committed in our fight to free them.
To a 2021 of resistance and solidarity, and a future without prisons.
*it might be 13th. accounts vary. by all accounts it’s been a long time.
January 12, 2021
by actforfreedom Comments Off on Lugano, Switzerland – Gathering against police violence and violence of the State
Thursday 31ST December 2020 from 3pm outside the court in Via Pretorio, Lugano
Have you happened to walk around the streets of “great” Lugano recently?
If impressive numbers of police were already guarding the semi-deserted streets of Lugano before the pandemic, now with the pretext of the health crisis repressive politics are getting harder and becoming normalized.
Field-marshal Norman has said it all along: “Strike one to educate one hundred, the time of the carrot is over, the time of the stick has come”.
As the Lugano that “counts” aggregates between prosecco, shopping and Christmas markets, those who live in the streets creating necessary alternative moments of aggregation detached from economic interests are experiencing on their skin the fact that the cops in Lugano are moving like hungry dogs ready to bite, attack and where possible domesticate now more than ever.
C.I. Vimos que participaste con las Palabras previas en el libro “Como vivimos desde la anarquía los disturbios y la lucha por el Poder en Bolivia”, desenmascarando el “pachamamismo” intelectual y el papel de los anarco-izquierdistas de la región. En Bolivia, pareciera que bajo la bandera negra en realidad solo existen agrupaciones neoplataformistas y pachamamistas que se acarician con la izquierda, registrándose muy pocxs compañerxs críticos hacia ese deplorable romance. Coméntanos más acerca de tu contribución y qué te motivó a escribir el prólogo para este libro recientemente editado por lxs afines bolivianxs.
G.R. Desde comienzos de la década del ochenta del siglo pasado, he mantenido contacto con ciertos ambientes antiautoritarios en la región. Incluso, tuve la oportunidad de participar en una que otra tertulia durante mis estancias en Bolivia, lo que me permitió acercarme a diferentes desarrollos libertarios. Hablo de los tiempos de Líber Forti y, (algo después) del entrañable Boris. Sin embargo, como en casi toda Latinoamérica, en la región boliviana son innegables las carencias anárquicas a partir de los años cincuenta; época en que el deshilachado sindicalismo libertario concluye sus días absorbido por la verborrea nacionalista y se integra (sin mayores miramientos) a la oficialista Central Obrera de Bolivia (COB), quedando fuera del control del Estado algunas expresiones marginales sin menor pretensión contestataria.
Para rematar, el florecimiento antiautoritario sesenta y ochesco, no pasó de ser un hecho anecdótico sin mayor impacto, al encontrarse la región enfrascada en el estira y encoge de la Guerra Fría, donde todas las luchas quedaban subordinadas al llamado antiimperialismo y las estrategias de decolonización y liberación nacional, delineadas en La Habana, Pekín y Moscú. Por si fuera poco, a Bolivia específicamente, le tocó ser la sede experimental del foquismo y la tierra que diera sepultura al venerado San Ernesto de la Higuera. Circunstancias determinadas y circunscritas a un escenario histórico que condenaba al ostracismo cualquier posibilidad de incidencia realmente anárquica.