Statement by compañero Joaquín García Chanks on the context of Revolt.
We have witnessed a seemingly unpredictable phenomenon; thousands of young people from a virtually innocuous claim, have given free rein to their weariness with their daily life, destroying symbols and banners, fears, lies and, why not, certain modalities. It is not possible in this small text to try, perhaps in vain, to analyze the reason for this situation. I do not think it necessary to type the facts under superficialities and slogans or to attribute this catharsis to an accumulation of situations; sometimes everything is more simple. Today, I smile happily at the break of the order of things, the momentary breakdown of the status quo, from the fire to the symbols of lies and misery; I enjoy the potential of this break. It is not necessary to deceive oneself; it would be naive to believe that the Revolt carries our values or politics. That after catharsis, the Counter of the miseries of sustained existence will reach zero or an inevitable anarchic becoming; it is necessary to enjoy the revolt, enjoy the essential will that undermines all immobility, the flames of a moment becoming chaotic that only by constant combustion can survive and thus maintain its indomitable beauty. Today I smiled for a gift that nobody has given me. Continue reading
Anonymous submission to MTL Counter-info
By accepting to be the general contractor for the new Laval migrant detention center, Tisseur Inc. made a grave mistake. On the night of October 26th we decided to make our contribution to the struggle against the system of borders and prisons in all its forms. We set fire to a truck on the banks of the Lachine Canal, on the site of another Tisseur project. We’re not done.
Translated by act for freedom now!
We are sharing this text written by Amma, imprisoned on 20th September 2019, along with Patrick and Uzzo, on charges of aggravated violence and resistance to public official, damage, spraying, for taking part in a demo on 9th February in Turin in solidarity with Asilo Occupato following its eviction and with those arrested during “Operation Scintilla”, and against the gentrification and militarization of the Aurora neighbourhood.
Amma wants to divulge and circulate among comrades face to face, via email and through publication in websites, more detailed information on what he’s going through in “Le Vallette” prison, the prison conditions and the screws’ violence during these weeks of incarceration.
Communication with Amma is difficult and the information we manage to get is incomplete. Many of his letters have been held, and so far the many telegrams we sent have never reached him. Outgoing letters have arrived in no particular order, over two weeks after being posted. Visits with his mother were granted three weeks after the arrest and we are still waiting for the response to a comrade’s request for visits. A request for house arrest has been rejected and we are waiting for the reasons to be made known.
The news we got only served to increase our rage. On 8th October there was a hearing at the court of review. While Amma was being taken to the court and during it there were heated exchanges and confrontations with the State’s servants, the investigating judge and the public prosecutor in particular. After he was taken back to “Le Vallette”, the loathsome guards laid into Amma. The result: a perforated eardrum due to the screw’s blows; beatings, provocation and threats. Continue reading
During the night of Thursday, 24.10.2019, an Implenia Group company car was torched on the Tullastraße in Freiburg im Breisgau. Implenia is one of the largest construction companies in Switzerland and is internationally active. In Switzerland, the company is famous for the construction of the Bässlergut deportation prison. The Bässlergut is a prison with a penal system and deportation detention directly on the border with Germany. As part of the new legislation, part of it has now been converted into a so-called federal camp. These are further steps in the authoritarian management of refugees in Switzerland, in which the mass processing of people takes place in a centralized manner. Registration, administration and deportation is the motto.
Implenia is currently building an extension of the prison and is thus making a direct contribution to the expansion of the federal prison system. Over the past two years, Implenia has therefore repeatedly been the target of actions directed against a world of walls and borders. Unfortunately, these actions remain isolated in Switzerland and individual cities such as Berlin. We would like to spread this fight, draw attention to it and motivate more groups to focus on the prison profiteers.
The Squatting Days are currently taking place here in Freiburg. Houses are occupied and the profiteers of vacancy and gentrification are shown that they can no longer continue their inhuman work undisturbed. Whether it is repression through revaluation and eviction or through justice and imprisonment, the logic behind it is always the same.
Fiery greetings to the Anti-Prison Days in Berlin and Warsaw and to everyone behind the walls!
(via Deutschland Indymedia)
After months of struggles by Davide (followed by 3 complaints and months of isolation) we were able to get a talk authorized. During the talk Davide confirmed that the punitive transfer to the prison of Rossano Calabro, where he is now imprisoned, is due precisely to these complaints (in total he has 15 for his struggles in prisons and especially in the Sicilian isolation).
He is keen to let us know the condition we live in Rossano, where detainees punished from all over Italy are imprisoned and in his section many have made the 14 bis [particular prison surveillance measure, in which a form of isolation is applied to the prisoner; not to be confused with the detention regime in 41 bis] and even long sentences. David still has 2 years of disciplinary isolation, but they prefer not to have them start in this prison because they know of his file and David’s previous struggles in isolation.
He is well, physically fit and morally strong, despite all he has had to face in the approximately 5 years of isolation he has done between various 14 bis, the disciplinary ones and those without any title.
In Rossano he is always locked up in his cell, he takes little time to walk because he manage his time between training, readings and correspondence and also because he can’t stand the guards giving orders; the guards at the walk are often muted by him because he refuse to pass into the metal detector (in the prison there are many of these tools, placed in each entrance).
He send a greeting in solidarity to all.
To write to Davide, the address is as follows:
C. R. di Rossano Calabro
Contrada Ciminata snc
87064 Corigliano-Rossano (Cs)
We announce the deactivation of the current bank account used to collect the money in support of anarchists imprisoned for the “Scripta Manent” operation and trial, and the restoration of the previous account used in recent years.
Accountholder: Omar Nioi – PostePay card number: 5333 1710 6579 6796 – IBAN code, necessary for international transfers and payments: IT93D3608105138289167089173 – BIC code, necessary for international transfers and payments: BPPIITRRXXX
We make yet another appeal to contribute, given the scarcity of funds, and the commitment to make four monthly money orders. In addition, there are new major legal costs to file the appeal (we have a 45-day deadline) following the announcement of the reasons for the first instance sentence.
There is a group of prisoners who although imprisoned for non-political offences subsequently become politicised or radicalised whilst in jail, and in both the USA and Britain this is a phenomenon that has become increasingly widespread.
In the USA during the 1960s and 70s the radicalisation of ordinary black prisoners, in particular, was fostered by the centrality of imprisonment in the experience of black activists and revolutionaries like Malcolm X (who described prisons as “universities of revolution”), Eldridge Cleaver, George Jackson, H Rap Brown, Angela Davis and others. George Jackson described his own politicisation succinctly: “I met Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Engels, and Mao when I entered prison and they redeemed me”.
Thus those whom W.E.B. Dubois described as an “army of the wronged” increasingly defined themselves as political prisoners who were the products of an oppressive political-economic order. This belief underpinned the praxis of radical groups such as the Black Panthers and Symbionese Liberation Army, and prisons were seen as the epicentre of a broader social and political revolution. The call for recognition of radicalised prisoners claim to political status underpinned prisoners’ demands in a series of protests that punctuated the 1970s in U.S. Prisons such as Folsom, Soledad, San Quentin and, later, Attica.
The radicalisation of ordinary prisoners in both the UK and the USA was channeled through both identity politics and the prisoner union movement. In the UK such groups during the 1970s were highly active in organised protests and uprisings against oppressive prison conditions, particularly for long-term prisoners. The politicisation of ordinary prisoners who link their imprisonment to broader social and political inequality and oppression, and prison as the epicentre of their struggle, transforming them into proto-revolutionaries striking out against the capitalist state, is a spectre that terrifies those responsible for managing and enforcing prison repression. Continue reading
Translated from French and the original Spanish by Act for freedom now!
have decided to write this short text to make known the following:
Monday 2 September 2019 I was captured by the Criminal Investigation Police in the streets of Mexico City. The police transferred me to the Reclusorio Varonil Norte on the warrant for re-arrest for attacks against public order and aggravated damage of property, in relation to the proceedings opened against me following the accident with explosives in 2012.
I want to say clearly that my wish to NOT WANT to politicise this situation is due to the fact that I DID NOT and DO NOT want any violent or radical direct actions to be carried out in my name or for my sake or solidarity:
I am keeping this judicial procedure, as well as the old one, outside the radical anarchist or feminist movement that I want to avoid being related with, since I don’t belong to these movements.
I do not belong nor have I belonged to any radical anarchist group or to ITS and its variants – I do not share their ideas and ask this group, publicly and respectfully, to withdraw such recognition.
If at some point I have mentioned the term « wild nature » it was in the concept of a healthy way of living, but not in the concept of political or radical struggle.
I want to thank with all my heart all the dear friends and various people who were aware of this recent situation and gave me their support as far as they could. Likewise a thank you to the lawyers who have assisted me.
The hypocrites and those who once considered you and today stab you in the back fall on their own, that’s the rule of life.
Mario López Hernández
Text published September 28 in
via: insuscettibile di ravvedimento
Solidarity with the anarchists arrested for the “Renata” operation, accused of attacking the headquarters of State racism, the apparatus of technological control, the exploitation agencies, the armed banks, the servants in uniform of power.
If they are “innocent” they have all our solidarity.
If they are “guilty” they have even more.
Friday, October 18, 2019
9.00 am: Presence of solidarity inside and outside the court of Trento (largo Pigarelli) for the start of the trial.
6.00 pm: Solidarity gathering in Verdi street (in front of the Faculty of Sociology), in Trento.
Freedom for Agnese, Giulio, Stecco, Rupert, Sasha, Poza, Nico.
Terrorist is the State.