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Support Maria & Ed Running for Bristol Anarchist Black Cross

Please support this fundraiser!


We are running Downton Half Marathon nr. Salisbury on 29th November (details here – you can come and cheer on the day if you like / have no life) to raise money for Bristol Anarchist Black Cross. ABC do very important work that cannot continue with support.

For the uninitiated:

The Anarchist Black Cross was originated in Tsarist Russia to organise aid for political prisoners. In the late 1960s the organisation resurfaced in Britain, where it first worked to aid prisoners of the Spanish resistance fighting the dictator Franco’s police. Now it has expanded and groups are found in many countries around the world. We support anarchist and other class struggle prisoners, fund-raise on behalf of prisoners in need of funds for legal cases or otherwise, and organise demonstrations of solidarity with imprisoned anarchists and other prisoners. – Brighton ABC

Bristol ABC aim to practically support prisoners by:

  • writing letters, sending books and magazines, and where possible or needed financial contributions to those inside;
  • publicising specific prisoners cases, campaigns and struggles;
  • supporting and publicising other individuals, campaigns and resources involved in prisoner solidarity and anti-prison work

So please donate if you can. The page will stay live until Monday 30th November.


Maria & Ed

Support Mister Blue!

About Mister Blue:

Mister Blue is a comrade imprisoned in Germany following an action in the Hambacher Forest. They are accused of bodily harm against a private security guard by biting, as well as trespassing, disturbance of public services and resisting his arrest. He still refuses to give his ID and is therefore qualified as being a danger of escape. Most recent information from a lawyer says they were beaten very brutally by the police and security guards.

What you can do:

  • Send mail to 1uJS932/15 JVA Aachen; Krefelder Strasse 251; 520708 Aachen.
  • Send money to Mister Blue. Contact for details.
  • Get to the Forest and resist the cutting season!

About Hambacher Forest & the Action

On October 7th a conveyor belt at the Hambach open cast lignite mine has been blocked. One activist has been released from custody, another is still being held. On 8th the prison judge ordered that the defendant must be held until their trial. The person has been injured in a way that she/he left the conveyor belt “voluntarily“ preventing an eviction. Just one compa, Jus, has been released and they catch another.

For the latest updates visit:

The result of the treatment: a sprait rist hematomas and read eyes. Mister Blue was abused by RWE private security personal, Police refused medical treatment.

Urgent Action Needed Now: Don’t Let CCA Censor Eric King’s Mail!


As folks know, Eric’s mail is being censored and political letters and
literature are being rejected. It is important to keep the pressure on
CCA Leavenworth to stop censoring Eric’s mail.

According to Warden Isaac Johnston, it is up to the guards to use
discretion in deciding which groups can be labeled as hate groups and
have their correspondence rejected. This means that mailroom employees
can use their own political ideology to decide what mail to allow and
what to block.

Unfortunately, due to CCA being a for-profit contractor, they are not
held by the same rules as state and federal prisons. Yet there is a very
short list of regulations that CCA has to follow in regards to mail and
one is that both incoming and outgoing mail must be held for no longer
than 24 hours.

Since being incarcerated, Eric has had both incoming and outgoing mail
held for way longer than is dictated according to the “Performance-Based
Detention Standards.” On September 15th, for example, the mailroom gave
Eric a large batch of mail that had been held for well over 24 hours.

If you write Eric, you can help by taking action in the following ways:

1) When you get mail from Eric, please check both the date the letter
was written and the postmark on the letter. If there is more than a
24-hour difference, please email us at erickingsupportcrew(a)
with either a photo or quick note of the date on the letter and the
postmark date. This can help Eric document these violations and allow
him to file grievances for them as they occur.

2) Next, please take a second to let the staff at CCA Leavenworth and
CCA corporate know that they are violating the “Performance-Based
Detention Standards.”

a. Warden Isaac Johnston: 913.680.6801
b. Assistant to the Warden: 913.680.6804
c. Mailroom (ask for the manager of the mailroom): 913.680.6808
d. Call CCA Corporate and let them know what CCA Leavenworth is up to:

Feel free to leave a message if they do not answer. If you feel
comfortable and want to have a conversation, you can even leave a
call-back number.

In your message, state how long Eric’s outgoing letter was held before
being sent to you. Inform them that “Performance-Based Detention
Standard” number (G.3.5) says, “Excluding weekends and holidays or
emergency situations, incoming and outgoing letters are held for no more
than 24-hour hold.”

Help us tell CCA that we won’t stand for Eric’s incoming mail being
censored based on his political ideology or for him to be targeted by
his mail being held for more than 24 hours.

Lastly, we want to remind folks that Eric being pre-trial puts him in an
especially sensitive position. Any piece of literature he receives,
whether it is rejected or not, may be used against him come sentencing.

Love and Solidarity

EK Defense Committee

Free the Lovebank 5

Five Activists who had occupied Liverpool’s old Bank of England building to provide shelter and feed the city’s homeless people have been jailed for almost 3 months each. They were sentenced on Thursday 17th September 2015 at Liverpool Crown Court.

The Love Activists moved into the unoccupied building in the middle of April 2015 to set up a support centre for Liverpool’s homeless people, incorporating places to sleep, an advice centre and a street kitchen, from where they were evicted in the early hours of 12 May and the homeless activists arrested. The defendants were charged in relation to the occupation of the old bank building in Castle Street, Liverpool city centre, as part of a protest over lack of support for the homeless and government austerity.


Write to them

Three of the five defendants are under 21 and have been sent to Young Offenders Institutions, notoriously violent & challenging environments. All of them need your support throughout their sentences & beyond, as they continue to resist homelessness & injustice.

Write to them:

John Hall A8155DN
HMP Liverpool
68 Hornby Road
L9 3DF

John Rice A8157DN
HMP Liverpool
68 Hornby Road
L9 3DF

James Allanson A8147DN
HMP Altcourse
Brookfield Drive
L9 7LH

James C Jones (Jay) A8149DN
HMP Altcourse
Brookfield Drive
L9 7LH

Chelsea Stafford A8215DN (NOW RELEASED ON APPEAL)

What to send them:

  • Nice letters, funny postcards, pictures, printed articles
  • Stamps, envelopes & writing paper
  • Zines or Books
  • Postal orders (Made out to ‘The Governor’ and crossed – we recommend writing the prison number of the prisoner on the back)

What More You Can Do

  • heaertDo a noise demo at their prisons
  • Organise a fundraiser, action or demo in their name
  • Keep struggling against homelessness and all forms of domination

Contact the Support Group


New Zine: The struggle against the maxi-prison in Brussels

The struggle against the maxi-prison in Brussels – A chronology of attack & antagonism

PDF links (high res, low res and imposed):

The Belgian State has been announcing it for some time: building 13 new modern and efficient prisons.

As part of this new master-plan the State wants to build a maxi-prison in Haren, northern Brussels. It is intended as the largest prison in the country, a genuine prison town that would include five different prisons on the same terrain. It would then lock up at least 1,200 men, women and children.

With the fight against the construction of this monstrosity raging on, this 48-page publication features analysis and a chronology of attack from the past two and a half years of struggle against this project.


– No new prisons, no maxi-prison in Brussels!
– The struggle against building a maxi-prison and the offensive of power
– No maxi-prison, not here, nor anywhere!
– Let’s rebel against the construction of a maxi-prison
– On your marks, get set, go!
– To the undesirables
– Break the ranks
– For the insurrection
– Sabotage
– To the uncontrollables
– Chronology of attack & antagonism

Police concerned about “Greek Style Responses” to austerity – Letter from Anarchist Prisoner Emma Sheppard, June 2015

On Wednesday 27th May, two police officers paid me an unwanted visit. They were from a special unit investigating “Left wing, Right wing, Animal Rights and Islamic Extremism”, administered by the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Unit.

They asked me various questions under the pretense of researching people’s perceptions about the police: What I thought about the views of anarchists and activists in the South West and London and why there were high levels of “aggression” there, if I thought that “Greek Style” responses to austerity measures would increase under the “new” government, and (perhaps most bizarrely) why I thought people disliked the police, and what they could do to stop people having such a violent or “anti-social” response to them.

They also asked me about my motivations for committing my crime, and if I wanted to talk about events leading up to it. All of this was articulated to me in a vocabulary relating to “welfare”. They were apparently concerned about how I might be treated/received in jail by staff and other prisoners, as an extremist. They wanted to know if I had any suggestions about how the prison service could be improved.

At least they didn’t approach me about being an informant. I listened to all their (increasingly pathetic) questions and left. How I miss the cloak of anonymity. At least I still have my defiance. They will not take that from me. If anything it grows with each passing day inside.

Two days later, my ‘Offender Manager’ (Probation inside jail) confirmed what I have always thought – that I will not be able to get my TAG (home detention curfew). This is because, in light of my crime, the police have decided to train a psychologist in ‘counseling’ extremists, and they will not have completed this training before I would be due to sit my TAG board. My Offender Manager talked of the ‘question marks’ the police have around me and also my position on the ‘spectrum of extremism’ and my anti-social tendencies.

I am glad that I know I cannot get TAG sooner rather than later. I will not complete my sentence plan. I will not demonstrate to them that I want to be more ’”pro-social” (whatever that means) and I will not participate in their psychological procedures.

Thanks to everyone who has supported me so far. It is really inspiring and humbling to feel part of different networks across the world. Please note, they are massively clamping down on my post so in future please just send letters and stamps, envelopes, cards/paper (but all in small quantities).

Sending sunny thoughts of solidarity and strength. See you in January! I might even be out in New Years Eve (but on license till January 2017).

Em X

For more information about Emma’s case and her previous writings please see:

Interview with an activist detained during Operation Fenix


Tomas Z. describes himself as an ecological activist from Olomouc region. His most “hardcore terrorist actions” include guerilla gardening ( he planted couple of plants to other person’s land without their consent) and unconventional creation of cyclepath. On April 28th he was one of eleven people detained by Counter Organised Crime Unit of the Czech Police (UOOZ) during the undercover operation called Fenix. The police is convinced that 30 year old activist is one of the leaders of Network of Revolutionary Cells (SRB). According to police, SRB supposedly planned to attack trains transporting either military equipment or Hyundai cars with Molotov cocktails. Detention of Tomas Z. was justified with his alleged connection to destroyed police car in the city of Litvinov. Tomas Z. proclaimed this allegation to be nonsense and absurd as well as his connection with SRB. During incriminated period he was not living in the Czech Republic and police was most likely aware of that. Following interview will shed the light on practises of police which seem to be filled with fabricated pre-requisitions for the detention, at least in his case. These practises are commonly employed by police in “war against terror” around the world and now successfully practised in Czech national security services.


Can you disclose details regarding your detention?
Few officers in plain clothes detained me from the flat of my girlfriend but I think they had no rights to do so. I was handcuffed and taken to my house. All together there must have been more than 10 police personnel, because we departed in three fully occupied civilian cars. When arrived to my house there was three police vans full of police armoured with automatic weapons ready and waiting. I was taken to a rented land beside (rented by police for this occasion) and there I was shown the search warrant for my house and surrounding land. Police than started with the search, apparently looking for explosives, weapons and materials connected with anarchist movement. The special dog was used (trained for explosives search) and whole search took several hours but nothing has been found because I have never had anything like that in my possession.

Their other focus was aimed on electronic data carriers. Flash drives, camera, laptop and SIM cards were confiscated. I did not try to resist as I have been told that resistance is useless because they have a power to confiscate my belongings anyway.

So the police operation you describe was only because of you?
Yes, only because of me. My personal estimation for the expenses of my detention was tens of thousands Czech Crowns (thousands of £, $, €…) and documents I received after the search confirmed that. During my detention 24 heavy armored cops and 20 other police were employed and all this just because of one person.

Were you detained the same day as all other activists during the Operation Fenix?
I was not aware of that at first, but when I overheard one police officer saying to another that “We are on TV already” I figured out quickly this must have been some extensive nation-wide operation. After the house search I was transferred to police station Prague-Bartolomejska where I was kept handcuffed all the time my hands tied to my body so I felt like Hannibal Lecter. They took my DNA sample, fingerprints and photograph and then informal interrogation followed where police tried to force me to testify against myself which I refused.

Interrogation ended around midnight. Police detained me before 11am and the whole process took quite a long time. I was tired and hungry. They gave me eight pieces of bread in whole day. In the protocol I repeatedly stated that I will give my testimony only after consultation with legal representative and this I signed. After the interrogation ended I was moved to Prague-Pankrac prison and placed to detention cell where I finally got a chance to get some rest and sleep.

In the morning I was transfered to Prague-Zbraslav police station for body odours scan and then returned to Prague-Bartolomejska for another round of this time “official” interrogations. The police placed me in the room filled with confiscated belongings. The interrogation was carried in the atmosphere of fear and disrespect by three masked possibly police officers. After a while my interrogators realized I am not going to testify prior consulting legal representative and so I was finally released without being charged and even apologized. The police returned returned some of my confiscated personal belongings (ID, wallet and money) and told me to get home all by my self, which in my case was 250km away. All my other confiscated belongings such as flash drives, camera and laptop were kept for further investigation. Those things are my “tools of trade” for work and education so I was practically prevented from continuing with my work. The police has not come back to me since then so I am not sure if I will ever see my stuff again.

Do you have any idea why you were under police scrutiny?
I was one of the few people participating on GreenAction, which was information portal dedicated to ecological and social activism but it has not been active for couple of months now. GreenAction published press release regarding destruction of the police car. The press release was sent to GreenAction by e-mail and lately published accompanied by commentary where the text was discussed. In about two weeks later GreenAction wrote authorial article dissociating GreenAction from the whole action. The statement of Green Action disassociation with anything published by third parties and that all published information are for educational purposes was present on the web all the time.

So in the end you were not charged at all?
The police tried to prove that I was a member of The Network of Revolutionary Cells (SRB) explicitly which was explicitly stated in their documents. They said I was a member of some collective body or command structure of this supposed organization and that I planned and approved the attacks and the court order for home search contained such information as well. I was also suspect in the case of police car destruction that took place in town of Litvinov in 2014. In this case police had to lie to a court. In the time of the event I lived in the UK over a long term period and police must have know that I was not in the Czech Republic at that time. During my interrogation, police officer had a print of my e-mail communication with my friend. From that was easy enough to conclude that I could not have be responsible for the attack. They justified the home search by looking for evidence that could directly connect me with the attack. Police gave a prosecutor selective and incorrect information so the operation will happen no matter what.

How is it even possible that Prague 5 district court granted a permission to the prosecutor in to allow a home search?
They just proceeded based on the information given by police, so the police have been a real judge in this case real judge by my opinion.

From what you are saying it follows that police connected you with the case only on the fact that GreenAction published SRB press release. But yet the same document was published on different websites?
I think that SRB press release was published on five different websites, perhaps even more and I can logically imagine that police went after people that could be tracked down easily from those websites and I count myself to one of them. I did not kept my involvement with GreenAction in secret.

Do you have any connection with other people detained during operation Fenix?
I don’t know the detainees. I had no idea that people who are being investigated for planning terrorist attack even existed. I was aware of VAP (Voice Of Anarchopacifism) existence, but I don’t know anyone personally nor I have any contacts with any of them.

What other information do you think Czech Police knows about you?
Police provided some clearly made-up information such as that I live in a “squat” which is a nonsense. I live in legally rented place and this information can be easily tracked down especially for police. Another questionable information was the allegation of me being “a member of one not named militant organisation in Olomouc area” which is doubtful information on its own. The main purpose of this disinformation only served them to get a search warrant.

So in this regard you have a clean conscience?
I draw antennas to politicians on billboards (popular political protest act in the Czech Republic, especially in Olomouc area, to depict politicians as aliens) and to support Roman Smetana (individual who started drawing the antennas and than served 3 months sentence as consequence of his action). I participated in guerilla gardening actions and at night I draw cycle path with traffic labeling paint. The cycle path will be most likely legalized anyway as police do not stop and fine cyclists there any more. The whole action was promoted as “fairy-tale beings” activity aiming to improve life of people in Olomouc city by the means of positive direct action. The court order also mentioned me as leader of infamous “Fairy-Tale Beings Club”.

Such activities are now being labelled by police as terrorist conspiracy?
Probably yes.

How do you perceive this whole Operation Fenix against left wing activists?
In my opinion, the whole Operation is just detention of people at random to gather information and the police do not hesitate to restrict the rights of many people to get it. Although the detainees do not necessarily have to have any information at all, like in my case. I have absolutely no idea who stands behind SRB and I am not even sure of its existence.

So, in your eyes, did the police operation lose its legitimacy?
In my eyes the whole Operation Fenix has been absolute waste of tax payers’ money. According to information provided by police, damage on the police car was at maximum several tens of thousands Czech crowns. However expenses of the police on surveillance of couple of web masters are about 10 times higher. From what I have heard during the interrogations I have been monitored by police for at least ten months, so I can imagine the expenses not being low. Police loses its trustworthiness and only pisses people off. The possible number of people who would be willing to burn police car as and act of revenge could just increase, as they will see no justice anywhere or apologies either. I think this could potentially lead to spiral of destroyed police cars and mass detentions of innocent people.

How do you regard the most serious charge in this cause – preparation of attack on military train or Hyundai carrier train?
In the police documents I got hold it is stated that the SRB supposed to commit the action during October or November (2014). However such attack was not carried out and police also did not mention any attempt to stop it and all of a sudden, couple of months after this “planned terrorist attack” they say was suppose to happen, the police launched nation wide operation with intention to catch alleged “terrorists”. Police at least tried to use half a year old wire tapes and charge someone since they did not really have any other evidence. They have to at least justify the whole Operation Fenix in the eyes of the public after all but media present the whole situation as the police prevented terrorist act to happen. In Brno police claimed to even found an unspecified explosive device which also might suggest that without police operation there could have been “terrorist” attack. The charges appear to be absurd to me and I would be surprised if anyone to be found guilty e. The example of charged for not preventing attack (as it happened in few cases) I would compare to a situation when someone would mention punching politician and I would hear that and do not report it to the authorities.

Do you think that other charges are build on a sand?
I indeed can not say that with a certainty but I can base my thoughts on what I have read in search warrant document and from information provided by media. The alleged bomb attack was not carried out, but it supposed to be discussed at so-called “conspirational flat”. The question is why the police did not do anything in October or November 2014 of last year but they acted half a year later? I consider that all very much weird, however I indeed cannot know what police bases its actions on, so I cannot judge this objectively.

How do you regard timing of the Operation? Couple of days after operation Fenix police for example harshly repressed anti-nazi demonstration in Brno or very soon after they launched fairly inadequate operation to evict social space Cibulka (legally rented property perceived as a squat by many).
In the annual report of Ministry of Interior on Extremism (2013/2014) informed that left wing scene is on rise while right wing declining. Maybe it is to try to preventively punish anarchist movement and by doing so to control concurrent status quo. I remember some years ago Austrian animal rights activists were detained and placed in custody for a long time and all of them were released without any charges but by confiscation of all their materials police has successfully prevented them to be active for many years. The same situation happened four years ago in connection to czech neo-nazi movement. There were plenty of racially motivated criminal acts, but the ones who were punished were individuals placing stickers of National Resistance (note – a Czech neo-nazi organisation) or just talking big on the internet and I am the last one to advocate or defend neo-nazis.

Why do you think you were watched by police since July 2014?
In that time there was an announcement in the media about Counter Organised Crime Unit (UOOZ) taking over cases connected with direct actions regarding fur farms and destroyed police cars. The GreenAction published press releases about some of these actions and I was the easy person to track down as a co-creator of the GreenAction. I had the feeling that police may try go after people contributing to such websites informing about this kind of direct actions as there is traditionally no medial coverage of such events. It was clear to me that police could and will try to find people who participated in such activities and that I could be under surveillance as well, although I have no connection to any of those action except my intention to inform. The progress in informational technologies has made police surveillance today very easy to arrange and this was confirmed also during my interrogation. The police was aware and knew a lot about my personal life and intimate relationships. Some details about my life were known not only to police officers who interrogated me, but also to the others. They had to keep an eye on my e-mail communication and phone at the same time. Police large resources for surveillance on disposal and recently police requested extra budget increase of 10 milliard Czech Crowns (~ £ 260 million, 356 million € or 400 million $). Police has disproportionate legal options and financial resources when compared to anarchist or any other left political movement. If they need permission of court they simply make up an information, like in my case and if they are wrong or act unlawfully there are hardly any consequences. The power of police is just excessively unlimited and large.

Do you have any option how to protect yourself against such practices?
I do not know yet. I wrote to League of Human Rights and Ombudsman but have no idea whether they will be interested, and I know that alone I do not have enough financial resources to pay for legal representation with whom I could effectively defend myself and achieve at least an apology, return of my belongings and some sort of financial compensation.

Do you think that whole police fabrication of alleged terrorist group Network of Revolutionary Cells can be sustained? Do you think some of the detained will eventually end up in court?
Eleven people were originally detained and six were charged, so at least five were detained questionably. Those who were detained never put in practise for what they were charged with. A person in Brno was charged with illegal possession of weapon but not with terrorism, so there is probably no link between those events. All I can see is at least five innocent people being assaulted, kidnapped and robbed by armed organised group called Counter Organised Crime Unit.