Solidarity demo, Monday 23rd October, 2pm

Monday 23rd october, 2pm. Cardiff Crown Court, CF10 3PJ

We are calling for support and solidarity for a good comrade and tireless anti arms trade activist who is on trial for direct action against the Cardiff arms fair. This woman could not stand by while arms dealers furthered their profits by marketing mass murder. Instead of acceptance she chose resistance and did all that she could to disrupt the death dealers. She is very clear that her actions were necessary to prevent greater crimes but the judge has ruled that such a defence is not admissible. Evidently they won’t allow their courts to be used as a means to turn the tables and put the arms industry on trial. Now our comrade faces prison as the state seeks to make an example of her and discipline us all. It is crucial we stand together. Join the demonstration to show that she is not alone. Bring banners, placards and noise. Solidarity is our weapon and our best defence.

The Defence Procurement, Research, Technology and Exportability (DPRTE) took place at the Motorpoint arena on 28th March this year. It is an opportunity for the arms industry and government representatives to conduct their murderous “business as usual”, leading to the arming of brutal regimes everywhere with all the latest tools for repression and wars. It was forced to move from Bristol in 2014 as a result of determined demos and actions and activists in Cardiff and beyond are aiming to do the same there. Get involved and help shut them down next year!

Protest Unoliaeth, Llys y Goron Caerdydd Parc Cathays, Caerdydd, CF10 3PG Dydd Llun y 23ydd o Hydref 2pm

Rydym yn galw am gefnogaeth a unoliaeth i gymrodor da ac ymgyrchydd diflino sydd yn y cwrt am weithredu’n uniongyrchol yn erbyn Ffair Arfau Caerdydd. Ni all hon sefyll yn ddiymadferth tra bod y sawl sydd yn prynu a gwertu arfau yn pellhau eu elw gan farchnata ladd ar raddfa ddiwydianol. Yn lle derbyn y sefyllfa fe dewisiodd hi i frwydro nol a gwneud popeth yn ei gallu i ymyrryd ar waith y sawl sydd yn elwa o’r diwydiant arfau. Y mae hon yn glir iawn bod ei gweithredoedd yn angenrheidiol i atal troseddau gwaeth ond fe wnaeth y barnwr benderfynnu bod y fath amddiffyniad ddim i’w glywed. Nid ydynt yn barod i ddefnyddio’r llysoedd i rhoi y diwydiant arfau yn y doc. Nawr y mae i’n gwynebu carchar tra bo’r wladwriaeth yn ceisio gwneud esiampl ohoni a dysgu gwers i ni i gyd. Mae’n hanfodol ein bod yn cyd-sefyll. Ymunwc y brotest i ddangos nad ydi hi ar pen ei hunain Dewch a banneri, placardiau a swn. Unoliaeth yw ein harf ni ac ein amddiffyniad pennaf.

Cynhalwyd yr “Defence Procurement, Research, Technology and Exportability” (DPRTE) yn arena y Motorpoint ar y 28fed o Fawrth y flwyddyn hon. Mae’n gyfle i’r diwydiant arfau a chynryciolwyr o’r llywodraeth gynnal eu diwydiant ffiaidd, yn hwyluso diwydiant sydd yn arfu gladwriaethau sydd yn lladd eu pobl gyda’r teclynau diweddaraf ar gyfer gorthwm a rhyfel. Cafodd y ffair arfau ei orfodi o Fryste yn 2014 ar ol protestidau a gweithredoedd chwyrn a mae ymgyrchwyr yng Ngaerdydd a thu hwnt yn ceisio gwneud yr un peth. Ymunwch a’r ymgyrch i gau’r ffair arfau yma y flwyddyn nesaf!

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No Gods, No Masterchefs Presents: Vegan Pie ‘n’ Mash Fundraiser for Antifascist Prisoners

Where: Kebele, 14 Robertson Rd, Easton, Bristol BS5 6JY

When: Tuesday 24th October, doors open from 7pm and food served from
7:30pm

Come on down to the Kebele Community Coop on Tuesday 24th October for a
delicious plate of vegan Pie ‘n’ Mash. What to expect: Creamy “chicken”
and veg pie, mustard mash, seasonal greens and lashings of delicious
gravy, all for just £4 a pop! Doors open from 7 and food served from
7:30pm, get there early so not to be disappointed. All profits will go
towards supporting current antifascist prisoners.

facebook event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/121301535211982/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%223%22%2C%22ref_newsfeed_story_type%22%3A%22regular%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D

John Bowden: Post-tariff life sentence prisoners, the Parole Board and my continued incarceration

There is currently a massive population of “post-tariff” life sentence
prisoners over-crowding British Prisons. Lifers who remain detained
long beyond the time originally recommended by the judiciary or
secretary of state, which includes prisoners sentenced under the IPP
(‘Imprisonment for Public Protection’) Law. Although this law has been
scrapped, it has left a legacy of thousands of prisoners still
languishing in jail. Britain has more life sentenced prisoners than the
whole of Europe combined, a consequence of a “lock em up and throw away
the key” culture and mentality that pervades the bourgeois judiciary and
justice apparatus, as well as a Parole Board that exists just to
legitimise what is in reality the unlawful detention of thousands of
prisoners. “Preventative Detention” was created by the Nazi Party in
Germany in 1939 to “cleanse” society of anti-social elements and
Britain is a zealous inheritor of that instrument of repression, while
British prisons are now little more than modern day concentration camps,
full of prisoners with no hope of release.

The collaboration of the Parole Board in unlawfully detaining
Post-Tariff lifers who represent little or no actual risk to the
community was typified in a parole judgement on my own case in June
2017, when after 37 years of my imprisonment, more than ten years beyond
the original judicial recommendation, the board denied my release for
nakedly political reasons. Officially, the position of the Parole Board
when considering the release of post-tariff life sentence prisoners is
determined by evidence of continued “risk to the public” and whether it
is necessary for “public protection”. If there is evidence, release is
denied.

On the 14th June 2017, a five hour parole hearing here at Swaleside
Prison established conclusively from imports and evidence, that any
actual risk I represented to the community was non-existent, so the
Parole Board simply moved the goal posts and focused instead on my
politicised “anti-authoritarianism” and refusal to obediently accept and
comply with the omnipotent power of the prison system. I would continue
to be detained not because I represent any sort of risk to the
community, but because I have a “deeply held mistrust of authority” and
because “your political affiliations could prove risky”. In fact, the
claim is that it’s not the public or community that I represent a threat
to, but to those enforcing the power of the penalogical state. To
support this claim the boards quoted a report from a prisoner system
hired psychologist who wrote: “Bowden will perceive professionals
responsible for his supervision in the community as part of a larger
corruptive system. This then provides him with an ideological
justification for engaging with violence against them. Victims here are
likely to be those in positions of authority and the type of violence
could be severe, based on opportunity. Bowden is likely to be drawn
into activist movements where violence is more easily justified.
Victims here are likely to be people in authority who Bowden perceives
to be advocating something he is against and could be severe given the
likelihood to justify violence in such situations”. Equating my long
history of struggling for prisoner’s rights with a risk of terrorism if
I’m released says much about the reactionary middle class culture and
mentality of the Parole Board, and also the sheer desperation of their
attempt to manufacture a “public protection” rationale for my continued
detention, when in fact none exists.

Quoting again from the prison hired psychologist report, the Parole
Board decision says “Dr. Sorrow noted in her evidence that you had
discussed with her situations where violence is justifiable, for the
greater good, and to secure justice for the vulnerable. She was
convinced that in the community this could be a “risk factor”. So,
because during an abstract discussion about the right of vulnerable
groups to self-defence (I have expressed the opinion that such a right
was inalienable), this made me a “risk” to the community. So because,
in the words of the Parole Board, “you have seen violence as justified
in some circumstances and you have a deeply held mistrust of authority”,
my continued imprisonment is wholly justified and lawful.

My writing and distribution on the outside of articles exposing abuses
of power by those working for the Criminal Justice System was also
severely condemned by the Parole Board. Clearly my exposure of the lies
of prison Probation Officer Matthew Stillman who, in a report to the
Parole Board in 2007, claimed that I was linked to a “Terrorist Group”
in the form of prisoner support organisation, the Anarchist Black Cross,
was not going to be forgiven by the board. In relation to this it said:
“The board sought your views about matters that were considered by
previous parole hearings, specifically your on-line campaign against
certain individuals. You told the hearing that there was a need to
expose the behaviour of such individuals and the board considered that
your claim did not demonstrate the insight and change in attitude that
the previous panel had considered would be appropriate.”, i.e. no doubt
silently accepting the power and authority, no matter how abusively
used, of those responsible for my “supervision”.

Focusing on my political belief system and the support shown towards me
by groups on the outside in distributing my writings was obviously felt
by the board to probably be a questionable lawful justification for my
continued detention, so it focused more specifically on my “difficult
relationship” with the prison system as the ultimate rationale for my
detention. In it’s final judgement it says “whilst the board entirely
accepts that in 20 years there has been no prison violence, there remain
concerns about your ability to deal with perceived unfairness and
authority figures you consider are abusing their power.” In an attempt
to prove or illustrate my “problem with authority” the board then
completely distorts and misrepresents the facts relating to an incident
in Greenock Jail in 2015 when I defended myself from a completely
unprovoked attack from a prison officer. A court of law subsequently
ruled that I had not acted unlawfully and there was absolutely no
evidence that I had initiated the confrontation or assaulted the guard.
The board, however, adopted a different perspective on the incident,
claiming: “Whilst the board accepts that your views in relation to
violence have changed, the board was concerned that when discussing the
issue in relation to the most recent allegation of violence against a
prison officer you felt that the officer was trying to humiliate you
and, in the circumstances, physical conflict became the most likely
outcome. The board was satisfied that this incident, whilst not leading
to serious physical harm from to either you or the prison officer,
demonstrates your attitude towards authority and your inability to
manage your feelings.” When I pointed out to the Parole Panel at the
hearing that I had defended myself from a physical assault by the guard,
and the decision of the subsequent court hearing that there was
absolutely no evidence that I had initiated the incident or behaved
unlawfully, the board responded with the claim that I was being
“defensive, argumentative, talking over the panel, and refusing to
consider an alternative view”, even though they had to concede that
“your actions whilst not leading to a finding of guilt, do nevertheless
demonstrate your attitude towards authority”. In other words, the
verdict of the court of law counts for nothing. For having the tenacity
to remind the Parole Panel that even prisoners retained the human right
of self-defence, the board, in visceral language, described me as
“arrogant and self-confident” and dismissed, with contempt, my
application for release after 37 years of imprisonment.

The appointment of ex-prison inspector Nick Hardwick, who had witnessed
the massive overcrowding of prisons with indeterminate sentenced
prisoners, and the climate of despair and hopelessness that now plagues
prisons, as chairman of the Parole Board promised, by his own words, a
real shift in cultural attitude within the Parole Board and a
significant increase in the number of post-tariff lifers released. His
words were predictably empty and the Parole Board continues to deny the
release of thousands of lifers, without any “public protection”
justification at all. “Life means life” continues to guide the
decision-making mentality of the Parole Board, and as a consequence they
have created human warehouses festering with rage and overflowing with
hatred that will sooner or later ignite into open and desperate
rebellion.

  • Comrades in Chile on hunger strike after being held for more than a year without any real evidence.
    This audio is based on material from Voces de la Disidencia.

Alfredo Tralcal Coche, Pablo Trangol Galindo, Benito Trangol Galindo and
Ariel Trangol Galindo are imprisoned precisely in the jail in Temuco,
Chile, since July 9th of 2016, accused of setting a church on fire with
only one piece of evidence against them: the statement of a witness
without a face who claims to have seen a truck similar to that of Lonko
Alfredo Tralcal Coche near the fire.

After one year deprived of their liberty, without evidence against them,
without a set sentence or a reasonable date of trial, on july 7th of
2017, the comuneros decided to begin an indefinite hunger strike with
the following demands: 1) fair trial within a reasonable date; 2) no to
the use of the antiterrorist law 18314; 3) no to the use of witnesses
without faces; 4) liberty under article 140; 5) repeal of the cautionary
measure of preventative prison.

You’ll find the audio (to listen online or download in different sizes)
here:
aradio.blogsport.de/2017/09/26/a-radio-…/

Length: 3 min

You can find other English and Spanish language audios here:
aradio.blogsport.de/englishcastellano/.

Among our last audios you can find:

Enjoy! And please feel free to share!

International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners

This week of solidarity is coming soon, here is the call out.

his year, the International solidarity week for anarchist prisoners
will be spent for the fifth time in 23rd to 30th August and we come
stronger than ever!

Some political prisoners are already supported, but far from all of
them. Also, the supported are usually involved in authoritarian politics
and not grassroots activities. Anarchist prisoners are not often
well-known people, even though they might be long term activists. Their
ways to fight back oppressors and wrongdoings are not necessary
following the current laws of their location, which is judged by some
authoritarian organizations. The vast amount and diversity of cases of
anarchist prisoners is surprising to many.

We wanted to choose a week, so that it would be easy as possible to
organize different kinds of expressions of solidarity, which would be
supported by one another. The beginning of the week was chosen to be the
execution date of Sacco and Vanzetti, two Italian-American anarchists,
in 1927. They were convicted with very little amount of evidence, and
many still consider that they were punished from their anarchist views.

Welcome to join!

Solidarity can express itself in many forms.

Please report us your done actions to the address
tillallarefree@riseup.net. You can also announce your event in advance
in the same address, we list them on our page
http://solidarity.international/. From the pages you can also find
examples and tips of actions and support mail to anarchists, links to
prisoner lists and more.

Call for solidarity with anti-fascist imprisoned in Sweden

In August 2014 the nazi group “the swedes’ party” had a meeting in
Limhamn, sweden.  During the counter demonstrations, anti-fascists were
attacked by cops. The cops brutally ran people down with horses and
drove people over with their vans. Many anti-fascists were badly injured
and some hospitalised. Several anti-fascists were arrested, and ten
people were later sentenced for rioting. Most of these people have
already served their sentences, but one of the convicted people chose to
not cooperate with the legal system and skipped prison by not showing up
when they were supposed to begin their prison sentence [1].  In the
beginning of July 2017, two years after they were convicted, they were
unfortunately arrested in a routine control and are now serving a four
month long prison sentence.

The reaction by the state and the cops toward this counter-demonstration
is another clear example of how they not only protect nazis, but also
provide a platform for fascist bigotry and call it “freedom of speech”.
And at the same time, close down the possibilities to protest and
demonstrate against fascist violences in society. This was evident not
least during the so called “super election year” in 2014 (where there
was an election both to the EU parliament as well as to the parliament
of Sweden). During this year we saw how there was an increase in heavy
repression toward people not a part of the White/European order,
including anti-fascists. This is the state’s attempt to make us stop
resisting and this is also why it is so important to make sure that
those who are subject to repression, facing controls, prison sentences,
fines etc are not left alone to deal with it. Together we can share
these responsibilities, and take care of each other.

For our friend in prison, money for rent, bills and other things are
needed. The consequences of a prison sentence does not end at the date
of release, the economic pressure lasts for a long time after that. Help
out if you can by sending money:

by Swish to this (Swedish) number:
0046765600785

or by cash to:
FTP, Bristol ABC, 14 Robertson Rd, Bristol BS5 6JZ

You can also send letters to: ABC Malmö, Poststugan 286, 211 65 Malmö,
Sweden – if you mark the letter with “ftp”, it will be forwarded to the
person being held in prison. [please note so far items other than
letters ie books, pens, even pictures, are not getting through – but if
it doesn’t during the sentence they should receive everything on
release].

* the info above can be found in Swedish @
https://en-gb.facebook.com/abcsthlm/


[1] In Sweden, for some shorter sentences a person does not go straight
from court to jail, there is a period after court where they must comply
with meetings with the prison service and then ‘voluntarily’ take
themselves to prison at an arranged date to serve their sentence.

Call Out For Solidarity From Venezuelan Anarchists

Gianni Scovino is a young man of 33 with Asperger’s syndrome and a member of the Turtle Foundation (Fundación La Tortuga [http://www.fundacionlatortuga.org/]), a participant in the punk scene, and an anarchist media activist using materials from El Libertario [Venezuela’s primary anarchist periodical] on his Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt5E7TuSaxrHPyoXF07LlZg/videos), where he puts up videos in both Spanish and English.

 

On July 13, he was savagely assaulted by members of the Bolivarian National Police (Policía Nacional Bolivariana [PNB]) and the Bolivarian National Guard (Guardia Nacional Bolivariana [GNB]) in the parking lot of the Grand Central Commercial Dairy Plaza (Centro Comercial Plaza Mayor de Lecherías) in the state of Anzoátegui while he was on a recycling run for the Turtle Foundation. A video of the attack is available on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5e5NDx7Ues

 

[Translator’s note: The Chávez regime and now its successor, the Maduro regime, refer to themselves as “Bolivarian,” in an attempt to paint themselves as the successors of Simon Bolivar, the leader of the 19th-century uprising against Spanish colonialism.]

 

After being brutally beaten by the PNB and GNB with nightsticks and with  shields used as battering rams, he was held for 36 hours at Detachment 521 of the Command of Zone 521 of the GNB, before being transferred to a medical facility for treatment. At present he’s recovering in the Hospital of the Venezuelan Institute of Social Insurance.

 

Those responsible for the attack on Gianni are GNB first sergeants Osmel Zambrano Márquez and Joel José Díaz Carreño, and second sergeants Julio César Gómez Mata and José Gregorio Trébol Pinto, as well as the PNB attaché Luis Ramón Cova León and PNB officials Xavier Alexander Díaz Salazar, Elio Antonio Díaz Maigua and José Alejandro Villegas Olivero.

 

The violent assault suffered by Gianni is symptomatic of the constant violence in Venezuela for the last 100 days, in which, since April 1, more than 3,500 people have been detained, an incalculable number have been injured, and there have been police raids on civil and residential sites. Thus far 303 Venezuelan civilians have gone before military tribunals. And more than 100 people have been killed.

 

We’re making an international call to our overseas anarchist comrades for solidarity in the face of the attacks on the people of Venezuela during this uprising of the people. Silence is complicity with a dictatorship that oppresses, tortures, and jails anarchists.

 

Let indignation become rage against the oppressor!

With Gianni and all of the Venezuelans rising against the regime, we remain the anarchists in the popular uprising.

Bristol ABC and the Smash IPP Fortnight of Action

Bristol ABC are hosting 3 events over the next few weeks as part of the Smash IPP fortnight of action.

More than 3989 people are serving IPP (Imprisonment for Public Protection) sentences in British prisons. Five years since the sentence was legally abolished, thousands still languish in jails with no release date. Parole board delays, prison overcrowding, and sheer neglect is leading to unprecedented rates of prisoner suicides and self-harm. 80% are over tariff and desperate to be free. THIS FORTNIGHT IS FOR THEM. For more info on the fortnight see here.

Events in the Bristol Area include:

*IPP Solidarity Letter Writing: We will be writing and making cards to send to IPP prisoners in the UK. Help send strength to people surviving the prison system! Solidarity is power – show them they are not alone. Event Link.

*Bristol Probation Office Demo: Since it’s privatisation, the Probation Service is recalling 50 times more people back to prison. Probation Officers play an integral role in controlling the lives of IPPs. We need to show IPPs they are not alone and that the Probation Service, who profit from this system, is responsible for this suffering too! Smash IPP! Set them Free! Event Link.

*Noise Demo at HMP Erlestoke: 1 in 5 of the prisoners at HMP Erlestoke are IPP’s. They are living a nightmare, never knowing when they will be free no matter how many of the ministry of justices ‘hoops’ they jump through. Join us to make some noise and show these prisoners that they have not been forgotten and that we are fighting to set them free. Collective transport will be organised from Bristol, email bristol_abc@riseup.net for a place. Event Link.

SPREAD THE WORD!!!