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[Greece] January 21st 2017: Action Day in solidarity with Revolutionary Struggle

The poster reads:

“I am a revolutionary, and I have nothing to apologize for.

Terrorists, criminals, robbers are those who compose the economic and political life; the institutions and governments that, through the memoranda, are waging the most violent, the most heinous attack on the social base in the name of a “way out of the crisis.” Terrorist, criminal, robber is the State and Capital; those whom I fight committed with all my soul to armed struggle, to Revolutionary Struggle; those whom my organization has targeted all these years of our activity.

(…) when the economic and political establishment attacks the social majority in the most merciless way, armed struggle for social revolution is a duty and obligation; because that’s where hope lies and nowhere else. The only hope for a definitive way out of the systemic crisis we are living in this historical period, for a definitive way out of every crisis. It is the only hope towards overturning capitalism, the system that gives birth to crises; the only hope towards overturning the State and Capital.

It is the only hope for an armed counterattack of the social base against a system that crushes them.

It is the only hope towards overthrowing the State and Capital; for Social Revolution.

For a society of economic equality and political freedom for all.”

Pola Roupa

“I am an anarchist, member of the armed revolutionary organization Revolutionary Struggle. The only terrorists are the State and the Capital.”

Konstantina Athanasopoulou

Demonstration in solidarity with Revolutionary Struggle members

Saturday January 21st 2017 at 12:00 in Monastiraki (downtown Athens)

SOLIDARITY WITH THE REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE MEMBERS

NO EXEMPTION STATUS OF POLITICAL PRISONERS

STRUGGLE AGAINST THE STATE AND CAPITAL BY ANY MEANS

Solidarity Assembly (Athens)

Full text of callout in Greek.

source: contrainfo

Greece: Lambros-Viktoras Maziotis Roupas released from custody – Revolutionary Struggle comrades end hunger & thirst strike

After  4 days of hunger and thirst strike of 3 members of R.O. Revolutionary Struggle( Pola Roupa, Nikos Maziotis and Konstantina Athanasopoulou)we finally see an epilogue:

From InsurectionNews

According to Athens Indymedia a new order was issued by the prosecutor on 08.01.16 terminating the detention of Lambros-Viktoras Maziotis Roupas, the 6 year old son of Revolutionary Struggle members Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis, and awarding temporary custody of the child to his grandmother. The child has already left the hospital with his relatives. Comrades Pola Roupa, Nikos Maziotis and Konstantina Athanasopoulou have ended their hunger and thirst strike. A decision on final custody of the child will take place in six months time.

SOLIDARITY WITH REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE!

Pola Roupa and Konstantina Athanasopoulou were earlier this day 08.01.2017. transferred to the hospital, because of their health condition during this exhausting battle.

Solidarity actions took place all over Greece during this 4 days – people showing their support and solidarity with various gatherings, protests, letters, banners, graffiti. Also prisoners refuse to go in their cells and some of them wrote solidarity letters to the strikers, as well as other individuals  and organizations that condemned the Government, Minister of Justice, Health, and other responsible persons for holding and kidnapping a child and holding it non-legal in custody institutions isolated.

This precedent in treatment of the 6 year old child has seen as an act of class revenge and hatred to his parents because of their political choices of revolutionary armed struggle, and compares with dictatorship in Latin America as Dimitris Koufodinas, the member of 17N stated.

Solidarity Actions (via InsurectionNews):

07.01.17: Two OPKE (Group of Crime Prevention and Suppression) police vehicles ambushed in Exarcheia, Athens with Molotov cocktails, one OPKE vehicle completely destroyed.

07.01.17: 3 ATMs torched in Thessaloniki

06.01.17: Car torched outside the home of Tassos Tsakiridi, Deputy Mayor for Social Policy in the Neapoli-Sykies Municipality in Thessaloniki

Also on 06.01.17: NEA TV (TV News) station was occupied in Chania, Crete and 8 minute message was transmitted live in solidarity with the 3 imprisoned Revolutionary Struggle members on hunger & thirst strike:

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SOLIDARITY WITH REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE!

Greece: 20k Students Protest on Polytechnic Uprising Anniversary

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ATHENS, Greece — More than 20,000 demonstrators have joined a rally in Athens marking the 41st anniversary of a deadly student uprising against the country’s former dictatorship. More than 7000 riot police have been deployed and several confrontations have already taken place today.

In Greece schools have been occupied for a week,  on the 13th the rector of Athens University was locked and guarded with the same riot police standing guard that attacked the demonstration on Wednesday bloodying the heads of two students.

After an entire day of protests and events attended by 10’s of thousands who demonstrated without any major incident, Greek police began a brutal crackdown.  Police attacked with teargas, sound grenades and batons injuring at least 7 protesters and two Vice-Gr journalists who were both sent to the hospital for care. 73 people were detained and 10 arrested. The videos below document the police violence. Many protesters did try and remain calm and continue with marches despite violent police while others retaliated and resisted the police assault by throwing stones and even molotovs.

In Athens Greek motorbike cops beat man unconscious, then leave him helpless in the street.

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Student protests and clashes in Greece

In Greece schools are occupied since one week, and today the rector of Athens University locked the university with riot police that attacked the students demostration.
It’s been sometime since we last heard from the Greek movement. But, thanks to the Greek government and its riot police, today became a day of large student demonstrations, clashes with the cops, injuries and rising tension. First, let’s see what happened. Early in the morning, the Athens Law School students arrived at their University in order to apply their Assembly decision, which included a symbolic occupation of their University until the 17th of November, commemoration day of the 1973 student revolt against the military dictatorship.

The problem was that the school was already occupied by the riot police. The Athenian Universities’ rectors had decided to apply a peculiar “lock out” of the students and employees, supposedly for “security reasons”. The government gave a helping hand by sending hundreds of cops, in riot gear, to apply the decision. The cops assaulted the students, seriously injuring a couple of them and dispersing the rest. The news circulated, public outrage was expressed for the police blockades and violence, hundreds of students demonstrated in the center of Athens during lunchtime, and another protest, involving thousands, is now going around the Universities, confronting a total police blockade of the city center.

A question I guess the Italian reader would put is why this mess, and why now? November is the traditional month of student mobilization in Greece. Yet, in the last years, seldom –if ever- did the protests go beyond the symbolic level, as the movement was too preoccupied with the country’s current problems to seriously devote itself in commemorations.This school year (anno scolastico) though, started with incredible problems for both schools and universities, due to underfunding and lack of teaching and administrative personnel. Hundreds of schools were occupied in the previous weeks and soon enough the universities joined the struggle.

The mobilization, if we want to be sincere, seemed quite weak until now. In a collapsed country, where everyone is waiting for the government to collapse as well and for the elections that will bring the left-wing SYRIZA to power, some hundreds of occupied schools do not make a real difference. It is also noteworthy that the student population of Greece, which was traditionally at the avant-garde of the movements and had led all major mobilizations since the 1990s and up to 2008, was largely absent from the large anti-austerity protests of 2010-2012.
But, as it seems, our surrealist government is doing its best to reverse the situation. As I am concluding these lines, the student protest arrived at the Polytechnic University of Athens in Exarchia (where it all started back in 1973), the students forced open the doors and entered with the purpose of making yet another Assembly. The police immediately attacked. Eye-witnesses report several injuries among protesters; hundreds are barricaded inside the Polytechnic. The burning smell of tear gas is spreading, once again, in Athens.

By Markos Vogiatzoglou, http://eagainst.com/articles/student-protests-and-clashes-in-greece/

November 17 or why this day is so important for Greeks

A date haunts Greece, the date of November 17.
It’s the date when the uprising of several hundred of students, who stood up against the military dictatorship by occupying the Athens Polytechnic, was brutally crushed.

17Ν-tank
The iconic photo of a tank driving through the Polytechnic’s gate is a symbol of freedom for (probably) all Greeks…
It was back in 1973. The student uprising was crushed but the beggining of the end for the military junta begun that day. The colonels fell from power a year later, in the summer of 1974.
Aristotle Sarrikostas: The photo reporter of the invasion of tank in Polytechnic University of Athens

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The historic photograph of Aristotle Sarrikostas, the only photo reporter who has managed to capture the moment of entering the tank in Polytechnic along with footage of just 35 seconds of the Dutch cameraman Albert Kurad, were the compelling documents to refute the initial police statements that “in the University of Athens did not happen anything”

 

If the state does not burn, who will illuminate the dark?

The violence is also a self-defense.

Given the crimes committed by the state the most consistent thing is to response.

In the war of simbolical things, to burn objects is scarcely a minimal sign of fill.

Some people say that these actions will increase repression. Aren’t they aware that
the state eliminated 40 students?

The case of Iguala was the trigger, but for a long time the state has committed a series
of injustices and atrocities against Mexican society. Just to mention few: Acteal, WHITE WATER,
Chiapas, Atenco, ABC, SAN FERNANDO, TLATALAYA.

So will the State punish the same State? You can not change things insade the same law. The laws
are chains, and if you want to liberate yourself you must break them. They use laws to stay free and
exploiting. They use laws to subject and exploit us.

The town keeps putting the dead, missing persons and detainees.

However, in the face of such facts, the liberals acts in defense of State violence, criminalising those who,
with their reasons and arguments, understand that pacifism is an alibi to submit the protest.

The pacifism appears to help the State in the task of preventing from overflowing with radicalism the popular movement.
The politics of the nonviolence is what allows the State and the capital to suppress and to exploit without any resistance.

 

Source: http://contrainfocruznegra.blogspot.com/2014/11/mexico-si-no-arde-el-estado-quien.html

France: Protester killed in clashes with police at the ZAD of Testet

Background info on the struggle against the dam in Testet: 1, 2

According to a statement from squatters in the ZAD of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, during the night between Saturday and Sunday the 26th of October 2014 a protester named Remi was killed in clashes that broke out after a rally against the construction of a dam along the Sivens forest in the wetland of Testet in the Tarn department (southern France).

Around 7000 people gathered in the ZAD (zone to be defended) of Testet, after months of police attacks and destruction of the wetland and habitations of those who defend the area. In the late evening and overnight, dozens of people attacked the forces of order that were protecting the dam construction site. Activists expressed their anger trying to delay the resumption of works, originally scheduled for Monday the 27th of October.

The cops fired rubber bullets (known as flash-balls), distraction devices such as stun hand grenades and fragmentation grenades, and tear gases. According to testimonies of protesters from the Testet wetland area, Remi must have collapsed after being hit with a grenade; then his body was reportedly taken by the repressive forces.

Prefectural authorities stated they did not want to comment on the matter before the official autopsy was made public on Monday. The government has already begun to stigmatize the protesters, in addition to trying to divide them in order to cover up what happened. But they know very well that, whatever they do, this death will have explosive consequences.

Footage from protest in the evening of October 26th in the town of Gaillac in the Tarn department:

 

 

 

Calls against state violence and updates on planned actions in Nantes and elsewhere at: zad.nadir.org & nantes.indymedia.org

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Call for International Solidarity Actions, this weekend, October 11th-12th.

Smash ISIS, their ally the Turkish state, and the borders choking the Rojava Revolution!

Over 2 years ago, the Kurds of Northern Syria launched the Rojava revolution along autonomous, socialist, feminist and ecological principles. They have now been under constant attack from the Islamic State (ISIS) for more than a year. Thousands of volunteer fighters with Rojava’s Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and its all-women counterpart the YPJ have been struggling to defend their cities and villages. Since July, the North Syrian city of Kobanê, in the central canton of Rojava, has been under siege by ISIS. ISIS fighters, armed with modern U.S. manufactured tanks, artillery, and small arms have been held at bay by the YPG and YPJ armed only with outdated small arms and improvised weapons. Actions by Kurdish and Turkish activists at the Turkish border with Kobanê have fought to remove the border since July in order to join the YPG and YPJ as well as to receive injured Kurds and the elderly and children who are fleeing the fighting.

The ruling party in Turkey, the AKP, has both implicitly and explicitly supported ISIS with armaments and logistical support. The vast majority of jihadists who have travelled to Syria and Iraq have used Turkey as a crossing point under the facilitation of the Turkish government who is using ISIS as a proxy to eliminate the revolution in Rojava.

The US-led coalition formed in September against ISIS is comprised of the same imperialist powers who have artificially designed the current map of the Middle East following WWI, facilitated coups in the region and more recently bombed and occupied Iraq. They have also supplied the weapons currently being used by ISIS. Their air strikes have done little to stop the spread of ISIS. The radical Kurdish movement in the region has repeatedly emphasized that what they need to defeat ISIS is the opening of corridors between Turkish Kurdistan and Syrian Kurdistan as well as armaments that will be effective against the heavy artillery of ISIS.

A vicious and intense fight for the streets of Kobanê is now in full swing as the fate of the Rojava Revolution hangs in the balance. Thus far, the YPG and YPJ have successfully held off the ISIS invasion but the situation is growing increasingly desperate. In the face of ISIS advances, the Kurdish movement in Turkey has launched their own insurrection recognizing that ISIS is fundamentally enabled by Erdogan and the AKP. The PYD of Rojava shares aspirations and affinity with the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey. Radical Islamist gangs, supported by the AKP, have been attacking the demonstrators in Turkey and at least 24 people have died since Tuesday.

Solidarity demonstrations with Kobanê have now taken place in Athens, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, Ireland, New York City and multiple cities in Germany. This upcoming weekend it is time to organize a solidarity demonstration where you live. Rojava is the only alternative for a different kind of Middle East, and it is crucial to demonstrate our solidarity with those fighting to defend it.

Anarchists in Turkey have taken up the fight to stand in solidarity with the autonomous area against ISIS and the Turkish State. Stand in solidarity with our comrades and the ongoing resistance.

For more information on the Rojava Revolution and the fight for Kobanê :

“Rojava: a struggle against borders and for autonomy”: http://roarmag.org/2014/07/kurdistan-rojova-syria-autonomy/
“Why is the world ignoring the revolutionary Kurds in Syria?”:http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/08/why-world-ignoring-revolutionary-kurds-syria-isis

“Turkish-Kurdish relations threatened by ISIL”:http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/10/turkish-kurdish-relations-threatened-isil-201410892311126563.html

“Anarchists join fight against ISIS to defend Kurdish Autonomous Areas”:https://libcom.org/news/anarchists-join-fight-against-isis-defend-kurdish-autonomous-areas-03102014

Turkish anarchist group, DAF: http://www.facebook.com/anarsistfaaliyetorg

Call for support of DAF by Denver Anarchist Black Cross:http://denverabc.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/call-for-support-for-devrimci-anarsist-faaliyet-daf-and-the-people-of-kobane/

Anti-nuclear demo of 16,000 people in Tokyo against plan to restart reactors at Sendai (Japan)

Some 16,000 people rallied Tuesday 23/09 in Tokyo against the government’s plan to restart nuclear reactors, more than three years after the Fukushima disaster. It was one of the largest anti-nuclear demonstrations since the state nuclear watchdog on September 10 approved plans to restart two reactors at the Sendai plant in southern Japan.

“Three and a half years has passed since the nuclear accident, but self-examination has yet to be made,” Nobel literature laureate Kenzaburo Oe told the Tokyo rally, according to public broadcaster NHK. “The government is going ahead with the plan to resume operation at the Sendai plant without compiling sufficient anti-disaster plans,” Oe said.

After the rally demonstrators marched through the capital, carrying banners like: “We don’t need nuclear plants”.

As the government tries to convince a skeptical public about the necessity of nuclear power, on Sunday 21/9, new industry minister Yuko Obuchi said the resource-poor nation should be “realistic about its energy needs”. In pre-Fukushima Japan, nuclear power accounted for nearly one-third of the country’s energy needs.

The Nuclear Regulatory Authority has said the two reactors were satisfactory but hurdles still remain, including getting the consent of local communities in a country still scarred by the catastrophe where all 48 viable reactors are offline. Widespread angry anti-government and anti-nuclear sentiment has simmered ever since the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 caused meltdowns at Fukushima, sparking the worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl.

Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes, many of whom have not been allowed to return. Scientists say some areas might have to be abandoned forever. There have been anti-fascist and anti-government demonstrations taking place, and angry protestors accuse the media and state of hiding the news of them occurring and so trying to stop the people’s rage from being known.

CNT-AIT, Motril: Jornadas Libertarias 2014. Próximos días 26 y 27 ¡FIN DE SEMANA ANTI-CÁRCELES!

Os informamos de los dos últimos actos (no por ello menos interesantes) de nuestras Jornadas Libertarias, los que hemos llamado “Fin de semana Anti-Cárceles”, debido a la temática que hemos pretendido tratar entre el Viernes 26 y el Sábado 27.

El Viernes 26, a las 19:00h, tendremos la oportunidad de escuchar a Amadeu Casellas Ramón, militante Anarquista, presentar su libro “Un reflejo de la sociedad. Crónicas de Amadeu en las cárceles de la Democracia” en el local de CNT-AIT Motril. Un libro en el cual, como deja bien claro su título, se plasma la experiencia de Amadeu en sus más de 20 años preso por atracar bancos para luego repartir el botín entre quienes lo necesitaban. Amadeu, o como pasaron a llamarle algunos medios, “el Robin Hood español”, nos relatará el contenido del libro, desde las luchas (algunas que incluso le llevaron a huelgas de hambre de casi 80 días), los montajes de los carceleros para aumentar su pena, el paso por el régimen de aislamiento F.I.E.S., y mucho más.

Ya para el Sábado 27, a las 18:00h, contaremos con la Asociación Pro-Derechos Humanos de Andalucía, la cual nos informará de la situación de explotación de l@s pres@s en las cárceles españolas, cuya situación laboral dentro de prisión pondrían el bello de punta a cualquiera que tuviera un mínimo de conciencia. Por otro lado nos contarán cómo las empresas que tienen presencia en los centros penitenciarios se benefician de esa situación de indefensión, de explotación.

Son estos temas a los que la sociedad no le despierta ningún interés, pero son precisamente donde, pasados los muros hacia dentro, se retrocede décadas, si no siglos, pues es en estos centros donde toda situación de explotación, torturas, represión, indefensión, se recrudecen más y que por lejano que parezca, si se tiene un mínimo de inquietud y actitud crítica y de lucha, mañana puedes ser cualquiera. Prueba de ello hay muchos casos, Alfon, Emilio, Noelia, Pirla, etcetcetc.

Como siempre, esperamos vuestra presencia. Salud

toto

Attack on targets related to prison: Barrage on Bazaar in Athens – Greece
Translated by Act for freedom now!
With this act of ours, we are contributing to the constellation of
struggles inside and outside the walls that are developing against the
new law for prisons.
Highlight of the mobilisation was the hunger strike with the
participation of over 4.500 prisoners in all the prisons of the Greek
territory. One of the biggest strikes in numbers by global standards,
that lasted one week, overcoming all the organisational difficulties
within the prison environment.
The demands of the hunger-strikers included the withdrawal of the law
and others related to the terrible conditions of detainment. Conditions
that have been demonstrated in the recent past with riots and struggles
like those of drug-addicts and of prisoners with serious chronic health
problems against the non-existent health care of the prison hospital.
Prison is not just a status-quo out there somewhere for some who made a
wrong choice or were unlucky enough to end up in prison. Prison is the
invisible fence that continues from that thing we can call society as we
live it, it’s the continuous way to control and channel the poorest ones
and the oppressed social groups.

 

We shouldn’t forget that prisons are full of immigrant populations, a
fact that was also pointed out in the demands made by the hunger
strikers. At the same time prison is a permanent choice of the state
authorities for the repression of radical struggles when these become
dangerous. In other words, the capitalist normality in which we live,
would not exist without the confinement of a part of the population.
Even more today that the period of privileges is ending and the
possibility to end up in prison comes near even to those of the middle
class. The “emergency state of crisis” has been exposed. It can’t be
more obvious now after this law that was voted from “above” for prison
restructuring. It makes perfect sense from their side to maintain their
world and privileges intact. They are organising the new world of
discipline with the division of the lower class but also with
consolidated control systems.
The new law, after all, puts some order in the prisons. An A type prison
for all those who dare commit financial crimes against property. For a
broad part of society, which in order to maintain their material
survival will have no other choice than financial illegality. In a few
words, it’s about a step further in criminalising property. Because, we
must not forget, the law gives at the same time the chance to big
entrepreneurs and the rest of their kind that have money, the ability to
pay off before the trial even starts, without spending even a day in
prison.
Another prison, type B, foresees hosting the crowd of usual “criminals”
-those known also as “penal”- that have answered the conditions of their
lives with violence, going beyond the norm of legality.
Of course we will not argue about whether some scumbags exist among
them. This possibilist argument does nothing other than cover the
function of punishment and confinement, which is the same as that which
produces and reproduces their criminal subjects.
Lastly, third prison, type C, – the one we we’re all waiting for – aimed
for those whom the state sees as the biggest threat and foresees their
detainment in continuous isolation for at least 4 consecutive years.
These concrete graves will be the destination of the prisoners that dare
to resist inside B type prisons and for ones with life sentences. But
also in these graves all those charged with criminal organisation, the
epitome of the state’s antiterrorist hysteria-campaign, will be put
immediately. In addition, the new law is using every means to divide
prisoners, to turn them into enemies of themselves, institutionalising
the act of snitching, giving rewards even up to prison release to those
that give useful information about their inmates. In a few words, this
law without any pretext comes to exterminate people who struggle against
modern capitalistic barbarity, aiming thus at the passivisation of the
antagonist movement.
With these acts of sabotage and damage, we give a promise to ourselves
and obviously to the rulers, that we will not forget any comrade inside
those dungeons.
We are not going to let anyone who contributes to their existence live
in peace.
We organise and attack targets that earn money from their connection
with prison, we managed a symbolic and material strike by disassembling
a piece of the profit-chain of the technical/material support, of the
“naive” business activity which completes the necessary condition of
prison existence.
In the early hours of Tuesday 8th of July, we smashed Bazaar
(Supermarket store) which supplies Korydallos prison in Koukaki on
Veikou rd., in Kipseli on Kerkini rd, in Marousi on Agiou Konstatinou
rd. and in Vironas. areas of Athens)
Also a shop of the Nivacom company that sells surveillance and security
systems was trashed in the area of Ilisia on Oulof Palme Rd.
Solidarity with the prisoners’ struggle. We support it ethically,
materially and politically. The fight goes on.
No maximum security prison ever anywhere.
Until the demolition of the last prison and the last concentration camp
left standing.
Network of antiauthoritarians

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