Prague, Czech Rebublic: Police repressions, anarchists are charged with preparation of terrorist acts

Operation Fenix

Prague, Czech Rebublic:
Police repressions, anarchists are charged with preparation of terrorist acts

“No repression can stop a longing for freedom!”

With ‘Operation Fenix’ came the biggest wave of police repressions against the anarchist and radical left movement in the recent czech history.

Taking people early in the morning hours, accusations of preparation of terrorist acts and confiscation of a server, which held several activists’ sites, all came with ‘Operation Fenix’ which started on Tuesday, 28th of April. Anti-extremist police is actively trying to frighten the anarchist and anti-authoritarian left scene and collecting information in a fishing expedition.

This is our distress call for international solidarity. Police put out an informational embargo on the operation, although some details have leaked to the media.

Today, on Thursday, the 7th of May, there are still three people in police custody. Three more have been charged with planning terrorist acts and other serious crimes.

Police tactics will not be successful. We will not let ourselves get frightened, we will continue with our political practice.

If you wish to help us, we will gladly accept any political or financial solidarity.

How to help?

In situations where the entire anarchist/radical left scene is facing systematic repressions on many frontiers, any help with softening the blows is more than welcome. We do not want to organize a centralized solidarity campaign, we know from experience in other countries, that the most successful campaigns were decentralized, creative and diverse. We hope to build a campaign transcending borders and coming from all directions.

Here are some suggestions, but of course, there is a myriad of possibilities and creativity is welcome and encouraged.

Information and the press:
Spread information about operation Fenix, share articles with new information on your social media accounts, inform about the situation on your blog… We ask you to use #antifenix as a way to unite the campaign.

Political solidarity:
We hope to use a diverse spectrum of political pressure put on the Czech government to stop the persecution of the anarchist/radical left scene and push to release all political prisoners. We plan to organize a day of solidarity demos for the arrested in operation Fenix. More info coming soon.

Financial solidarity:
Lawyers and law aid are a big expense, we are grateful for any beneficial event you may organize or any other financial support.

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New Zine – Repression & Solidarity in Bristol: A collection of writings from anarchist prisoner Emma Sheppard & others

Em Zine CoverA new publication has been produced with writings from anarchist prisoner, Emma Sheppard. There are also articles from local groups such as Bristol Defendant Solidarity, communicating recent police attempts at repressing anarchist and other communities in Bristol.

To download a readable version click here: Emma Zine

To download a pages version to print click here: Emma Zine Pages

For paper copies please email: bristol_abc@riseup.net

 

Cardiff Smash IPP Demo and March

I ddarllen yr erthygl yn y Gymraeg cliciwch yma.

smash ipp leadleting

On Saturday the 4th of April 2015, the Smash IPP group held their first a demonstration in Cardiff. For those of you who do not know what IPP is, it is an indeterminate sentence for “public protection”. This allows the court to add time onto an existing prison sentence often for minor crimes and therefore pushing back the release date indefinitely. This means that IPP prisoners live under the constant mental torture of having no release date. It was abolished in 2012, however this was not done retrospectively leaving more then 5000 people in jail for a non existing law with no release date.

At 2pm the group gathered at the Aneirin Bevan statue on Queen Street. We were joined by friends and family members prisoners under the IPP sentence. We stayed at the statue for about an hour handing out leaflets and talking to the public about IPP sentences as it is not a very well known subject. We then marched down queen street with black flags and banners. Everyone, including children who were marching with us, took turns chanting “Smash IPP, Set them Free” and “Our Passion for Freedom, is Stronger then their Prisons”.

ipp kids

We arrived at the prison entrance where we were joined by others who were visiting loved ones in prison. We continued to chant things like “Freedom for all, Tear Down the Walls”. We then we went to the top floor of the a nearby car park where there was good visibility. We could see the prison cell and the the prisoners could see us. We hung banners, chanted and communicated with people in the prison. The friends, families and demonstrators kept were still chanting, “Give them a Date, Set them Free, Smash IPP!”. The prisoners themselves sent us signals of their support and asked us to return.

There will be more events like this in future. This group Smash IPP is a collective of Anarchists and anti-authoritarians as well as the loved ones of IPP prisoners. We have chosen to stand against IPP because it is one of the most blatant abuses by the state of the “justice” system in order to punish those it deems criminals, while some of the worst crimes of all are begin committed by the cops, judges and screws.

ipp march

Solidarity to all persons in prison and those who’s lives are affected by the prison system, including all those in the racist detention centers of the UK. All in all, it was a successful demonstration, there was a good atmosphere and no police presence. More stuff coming up soon, to get involved e-mail smashipp@riseup.net

Operation Pinata: Five comrades imprisoned, ten conditionally bailed, address for three of the prisoners

Via Squat.net.

Early afternoon on Wednesday 1st April, the judge of the Audiencia Nacional [National High  Court] Eloy Velasco, remanded in prison 5 of the 15 individuals arrested on Monday 30th March during the police operation named Piñata. 24 others were arrested during the 17 raids, which took place in Madrid, Barcelona, Palencia and Granada, for “disobedience and resistance”, who were then subsequently released.

The judge remanded in prison the following comrades:
Paul Jara Cevallos* (Madrid),
Jorge Linares Izquierdo (Madrid),
Javier García Castro* (Madrid),
Javier Grijalbo Adan (Palencia)
Enrique Balaguer Pérez* (Madrid)

*Prison address at the end of the article

The 10 others (three from Barcelona and seven in Madrid) were released on conditional bail under judicial supervision (passport confiscation, ban on leaving the territory, and to sign-on every 15 days). They remain accused of belonging to GAC [Coordinated Anarchist Groups, see preface to the booklet ‘Against Democracy‘ for more info].

The five remanded are all charged with participating in a terrorist organisation (of an ” insurrectionist-anarchist” orientation, extol the newspapers) or the offense of “criminal organisation” under Article 570bis of the Criminal Code, with the aggravating circumstance “of subverting public order and seriously disrupting the social peace.” The name of this organisation is the Coordinated Anarchist Groups  (GAC), which is accused of “promotion and the coordination of sabotage”, including 113 ATMs in February 2015, and to be possibly linked to incendiary attacks against the Basilica–Pillar Cathedral in Zaragoza (for which Mónica and Francisco have been remanded in preventative detention for over a year) and the Almudena Cathedral  in Madrid (February 7th and October 1st 2013 respectively).

The material items cited by the judge were those found during the raids, such as; “manuals for making explosive devices and guerrilla tactics”, camping gas canisters, “photos of police and police stations”, “self-defense manuals and techniques to avoid surveillance”, “technical devices for encrypted access to wifi to render web browsing anonymous”.

In short, literature, lots of literature as per usual, while Velasco boasts about having imprisoned “GAC leaders from Madrid, Barcelona and Palencia”. The comrade from Madrid, Enrique “Kike”, accused of being the national pseudo-leader of GAC, had just been released from prison on January 30, with other co-defendants of the previous operation, Pandora. The four others made headlines as being “responsible for the financial apparatus, propaganda and direct action” of the GAC or that of “head of the GAC” in Madrid and Palencia. The state looks at its ugly face in the mirror, and onto comrades without masters or slaves, projects its own characteristics made ​​up of hierarchies, leaders and specialisation. In total, this is the third police investigation in over a year under the pretext of attacks attributed to coordinated anarchist groups, and the number of raids now stands at around thirty, with the indictments now at at least 28.

As they exited the judge’s office, a gathering of around sixty people in solidarity unfolded, at which journalists were notably singled out with shouts of “scavengers”. A new solidarity gathering was held in Madrid on Wednesday 1st April at 9pm, at the square Tirso de Molina, with a call-out that clearly states the reason: “Solidarity. Mutual Aid. Direct Action. Death to the State and long live anarchy”. During the demo yesterday [March 31st] in the same place, four people were arrested and clashes with cops resulted in twelve minor injuries (eight cops).

Neither innocent nor guilty,
Freedom for all!
For offensive solidarity!

[Translated by Squat!net from Brèves du désordre, April 1st 2015.
Sourced from the Spanish press and websites of the “movement”]

Here is the provisional address of three of the five imprisoned comrades as part of Operation Piñata (they may be transferred):

Paul Jara Cevallos
Enrique Balaguer Pérez
Javier Garcia Castro

(Prisoner Name)
Centro Penitenciario Madrid V
Apdo. Correos 200 Colmenar Viejo
Madrid Codigo Postal 28770
Spain

Letter from Prisoner Emma Sheppard, March 2015 – Prisons do not work for anyone – except those who profit from them.

Translations: Français

Last night I saw the moon and a star. It was the first time in a long-time. It made me think of all my friends, old and new,and wonder what they were doing under its glow. I feel so lucky to be part of a wide network of people. Anything seems possible when you know you have support. But whilst these thoughts make prison bearable, I will never forget the violence of the system.

The prisons are nearly full. So they are building more. From Topshop to Tesco, DHL to Lend Lease, and Virgin to Geoamey, there is a lot of money in the prison regime. Now private ‘Community Rehabilitation Companies’ are running the probation service. Christopher Grayling has announced another ‘rehabilitative initiative’ for the Ministry of Justice. Prisoners will create sandbags, fence posts and kit for the Armed Forces, in order to ‘learn important new skills’ and the ‘value of a hard days work’.

The word rehabilitation is never far away inside these walls. But prison has a long shadow – it isolates, separates and destroys lives. Much has been written recently about women in prison. Even Vicky Pryce – ex-wife of a Tory MP has called for change. But whilst women in prison certainly have, to use the language of the screws, ‘complex needs’, calls for reform on gendered lines oversimplify the problem. Prisons do not work for anyone – except those who profit from them.

And what does ‘rehabilitation’ even mean? Repenting for your crime? Bowing down to supposedly benevolent systems which are offered to us as ‘choices’? Rehabilitation is used like a carrot we are meant to chase. But I will not participate in a race to make sandbags. There is no rehabilitation in an IPP, CSC or seg. When people are shipped out without warning. This is not rehabilitation.

Assata Shakur described one of the many show trials she was subjected to. Whilst I am not in any way comparing myself to her, the sentiment really resonated with me:

“Participating in the New Jersey Trial was unprincipled and incorrect. By participating, I participated in my own oppression. I should have known better and not lent credence to that sham. In the long run, the people are our only appeal. The only ones who can free us are ourselves.”

Some people successfully detox in prison, many relapse. Some leave their abusive relationships, may return. Just like the myth of ‘protection’ the police perpetuate, ‘rehabilitation’ is a convenient facade which hides systemic violence. The decisions people make in prison may benefit or harm them. But any positive changes the individual makes happen in spite of, not due to, the ‘opportunities’ we receive. I will never forget the razor wire and the sound of the key in the door. but even though you lock me in, I am not alone.

Much love,

Em x

For more information about Emma’s case & her contact details visit: https://bristolabc.wordpress.com/support-emma/

Screws badly beat detainee in Brook House migration prison

The recent wave of hunger strikes and other protests in UK migration prisons has subsided, as prisoners have been silenced, moved between prisons, and humiliated and beaten. This report from the Anti Raids Network is just one of many cases of how people are treated in detention centres and during deportation attempts.

Tahar Khalifa beaten by guards in an attempted deportation on Tuesday 31st March.

On Tuesday, 31st March, Tahar Khalifa, detained at Brook House detention centre [one of the two migration prisons inside the perimeter of Gatwick Airport], was forcibly removed from the centre in an attempted deportation to Tunisia, on flight TU791 at 1745hrs. As he was going up the stairs to the plane he was physically assaulted and beaten by the guards.

In a statement Tahar says that there were multiple officers trying to get him up the stairs; one was choking him, another was twisting his upper body. Tahar was handcuffed at the front and one officer was holding him by the wrist and pulling very hard.

The attempted deportation has left Tahar with multiple physical injuries. The handcuffs left him with deep cuts on his wrist; two of his fingers on his left hand are swollen very badly and he can’t move them and he has an injury to his leg.

Tahar has indefinite leave to remain in Greece and has lived there for 21 years. UKBA was trying to remove him to Tunisia against his wishes. Tahar has said he will go back to Greece, as he should by law under the Dublin convention, but does not want to go to Tunisia.

When Tahar arrived back at Brook House, one detainee was witness to his injuries when he was brought back to the centre called 999. He was put through to 101, which he called several times. As soon as the local police force heard he was calling from Brook House, they ‘didn’t want to know’ and said it was nothing to do with them.

The witness spoke to three people in the local force, they all said the same thing. He called 999 a second time, who also said that Brook House was not their responsibility. The police called Brook House and informed the officers of the name of the caller. The officers came and questioned the caller threateningly about why he had called the police.

Tahar described that the officers were “really worried” after the incident and took him to hospital, where he stayed for about 5 hours. That night he was feeling very paranoid because he didn’t feel safe in the cell and had to have people around him all the time. The next day he saw the doctor inside Brook House, together with a witness who helped with translation and tried to explain about the paranoia and flashbacks that had followed the attack. The witness saw the paper the doctor was writing on, and he was signed off as without serious problem.

There was a nurse present with a camera but she did not take pictures of the injuries. When the witness mentioned the police, the nurse’s “face changed and she was really angry”.

One witness said:

“they know what they are doing. They pull the fingers from the joints so they don’t break them but it causes so much pain and damage. If it had been an officer who was beaten up the police would have come right away. We don’t feel safe to be in the care of the state because they have left our care in the hands of agency workers. We don’t have access to any legal information or anything like that. We don’t have access to the internet. We have computers in there but just screens not internet. Access is denied to all websites. It’s just a facade. He’s a humble guy, he’s not a trouble maker. He’s not a violent man, he can’t even speak English”

This incident is not an isolated case but part of a systematically violent immigration detention regime. Several reports released last month document the abuse and racism detainees suffer in detention centres in the UK:

*Recent report on Harmondsworth by Corporate Watch: ‘Its gonna break: life in the UK’s biggest detention centre’

* Channel 4 on Yarlswood.

Over 20 people have been killed in the UK detention system alone, and this figure does not include all the people killed in prisons or by the police.

In 2009 Jimmy Mubenga was killed during an attempted removal to Angola by plane.

Shut down all detention centres.
No deportations. No Borders. No Eurodac.

finger

Photos of some of his injuries.

Cardiff: demo in solidarity with the CCF hunger strikers in Greece

Via Act for Freedom Now.

WALES -Cardiff – Demonstration in solidarity with the hunger striking members of CCF and their friends and families

Today at 1pm in Cardiff city centre we held a demonstration in solidarity with the hunger striking members of CCF [Conspiracy of Cells of Fire] and their friends and families. We handed out flyers explaining their situation and demands while shouting chants in English and Greek. After the demonstration we hung a banner in the city and scattered flyers from the roof.

Strength and complicity to CCF and their friends and relatives

Long live anarchy!

*we will send pics soon.

PS: also on the Greek hunger strike: latest statement “Amongst Two Worlds” from the CCF hunger strikers.

Radio broadcast in English with updates on the hunger strike: http://radio98fm.espiv.net/DIAFORA/EnglishSpotHungerStrike.mp3