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International call out April 17-23, 2017 for decentralized actions in solidarity with comrades accused of bank-robbery in Aachen (Germany)

In 2015, a comrade from Amsterdam was arrested. She was accused of having participated in a robbery in 2013 against the Aachener bank in Aachen. After a few months spent in preventive and several weeks of trial, she was finally acquitted and released. Nevertheless, it can be assumed that the Aachen Prosecutor’s Office will appeal this verdict and go to the revision court.

In April and June 2016, two other comrades, this time from Barcelona, were arrested and incarcerated by the spanish state, accused by the same prosecution office of having participated in another bank robbery. The two were then extradited to germany in June 2016, where they have since been under the U-Haft regime (investigative preventive prison). The trial against them began in January 2017 in the Aachen Justice complex and it is scheduled to run until May 22, 2017.

It does not come as a surprise to us that those who oppose and fight against the misery of this world forged on domination are attacked, prosecuted and punished. We are not interested in discussing about guilt or innocence, it is the language that belongs to our enemies and we refuse it. Our enemies follow the logic of separation and categorization of individuals, in order to then have the possibility of locking up the undesirables. We share with the accused comrades an aversion to this system, and towards the prison system which perpetuates the distinction between good citizens and those who deserve to be punished.

We hate all the repressive infrastructures of all States, just as all the far-reaching tentacles of the Church, with its long tradition of oppression. The Church is part of the State, linked directly to banks and participating in the maintenance of the control that is imposed on us daily.

Considerable steps have been taken in the development and the role of repression in our daily lives. New technologies and progress in the deciphering of DNA, biometric analysis, surveillance cameras, …. So many instruments used to study, scrutinize and control. They also represent part of the structure, part of our enemy, against which we take a position and which we want to destroy.

The collaboration of the police, judges and investigators from different States is an old strategy that has been updated in Europe to contribute to a faster, clearer and more cruel Capitalist system.

With our veins filled with rage, strength and courage, we set off to the streets. Reinforced with every repressive blow, we stand by our comrades. We show them through the continuation of our struggles and through our solidarity the desire for the destruction of a system we do not want or need.

This is a call to solidarity with the anarchists accused of robbery in Aachen. It is a call to maintain the links between the rebels and the oppressed wherever possible throughout the world.

We use our instruments to sabotage and attack, destroying the structure of power. We use our imagination to express our solidarity in all its variations while our passion inspires us to continue our struggles.

We therefore call to express solidarity with the comrades in the week between April 17th to 23rd.

Nothing is finished, our struggles continue! Until all are free!
Solidarity with comrades on trial in Aachen.

Freedom for them! Freedom for all!
For revolt! For anarchy!

February 2017

Turkey moves towards re-establishment of the death penalty

Turkish President Erdogan said on the 29th of October that the restoration of the death penalty would be submitted to Parliament, adding that the criticisms made about it by Western countries “do not count”. During a speech in Ankara, in response to the crowd chanting “we want the death penalty” for the authors of the failed coup in July, Erdogan said: “Our government will submit it to Parliament and I am convinced that Parliament will approve it, then I will ratify it. ”

The death penalty in peacetime was abolished in 2001 (while hanging Abdullah Ocalan, who had just been brought to Turkey, was discussed) and the death penalty in wartime was abolished in 2004 in a relative consensus. More than 35,000 people were arrested in Turkey and a total of 82,000 have been investigated since the attempted coup on the 15th of July. Out of those who were investigated, 26,000 had all charges dropped.

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Warsaw 3 solidarity dinner, 27th of October at Kebele

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Three anarchists were arrested in Warsaw recently, accused of an arson attempt on a police vehicle, put in isolation and tortured. Now they are free but they still face trial, amid a media frenzy against them, and anarchists in general. Come and support them by helping to raise money for their legal costs and learn about the wave of repression in Poland. Never alone, never forgotten!


https://wawa3.noblogs.org/post/category/english/

MARTIN HAS A BIRTHDAY

On August 10th Martin will celebrate his already 2nd Birthday behind the bars. You can greet him by making noise behind the wall, sending a letter or any other way you like. Bellow, there is Martin’s address and bank connection.

In these uneasy times we wish him all the best and sending solidarity greetings.

Martinova adresa / Martin’s address:
Martin Ignačák 10.8.1986
V.V. Praha – Pankrác
P.O.BOX – 5
Praha 4
140 57

Bankovní kontakt pro ČR (pouze):
Číslo bankovního účtu: 6015-30929881
Kód banky: 0710
Variabilní symbol: 378100886
Specifický symbol: 5296220101
Ve zprávě pro příjemce nutno uvést: Martin Ignačák 10.8.1986

Bank address of Anarchist Black Cross:
8760190237/0100
IBAN CZ98 0100 0000 0087 6019 0237
SWIFT CODE: KOMBCZPPXXX (KOMBCZPP)

(originally posted at antifenix.noblogs.org, also see Antifenix 2016 update)

IGOR’S SENTENCING – “BANNED FROM BEING AN ANARCHIST”

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Yesterday the appeal court hearing took place in the High Court in Prague. Russian, vegan, straight-edge anarchist Igor Ševcov, who was appealing his sentence – a 2 year expulsion from the Czech Republic for video recording someone else graffitiing prison walls during a support demonstration (complicity to criminal damage) – was given a new sentence.

The judgement remained the same – the high court still finds him complicit in criminal damage, but the judge changed the penalty. The new sentence: Igor is banned from attending any sporting or cultural event or any event like a manifestation, demonstration, benefit, mobilisation, protest or any other action within the anarchist movement.

We do not know yet what it means exactly, but it’s likely that Igor will have to visit a probation office any time there is a big action, and he will be surveilled during any other event by under cover state agents and spies. If he violates his sentence he can be put behind bars for up to 3 years.

Although it seems a lot nicer than an expulsion from the country, we find this sentence disgusting and humiliating. It degrades an anarchist, or anyone who is not satisfied with a world based on hierarchy and inequality towards a self-policing individual. The path of a person who understands that every step they take is controlled most likely ends with the four walls of a prison.

The repressive system is evolving and, like any sector of the market, penetrates deeper and deeper into every level of our lives. New measures of control have been introduced in addition to prison. In these new measures, not only does prisoner manage their own detention, but an impression of nicer repression is also given. That’s one of the reasons why neoliberal democracy can work for so long.

When in a dictatorship it is very common to hate the repression and the people see the oppressor as their enemy – in a democracy the repression is painted a colour so that is it unrecognizable, or the majority side with the oppressor and see their oppression as nice and necessary.

We do not know if Igor will follow this sentence, try to oppose it legally or just follow his own agenda and feelings and see what happens in the future. In any case, he has our full support.

If you want to support Igor, rather than congratulating him on his “better” sentence, ask him what kind of support he needs, for he is in a very uncomfortable situation. And mostly, keep changing your environment into a world where repression, exclusion and borders are exchanged for mutual solidarity and freedom.

The struggle continues!

(originally posted on antifenix.noblogs.org)

Spanish State: Francisco Solar and Mónica Caballero sentenced to 12 years in prison

(via Contra Info)

On March 30th 2016, Refractario reported that anarchists Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar (imprisoned since November 2013) were each sentenced to 12 years in prison.

The comrades were acquitted of charges of “membership in a terrorist organisation” and “conspiracy”. However, they were sentenced to 5 years for “causing injuries” and 7 years for “causing damage with terrorist intent”.

SOCPA7 Sentencing Results

After more than 2 years on bail the SOCPA7 were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court in London on Friday, for their part in protesting against animal testing at HLS.

A peaceful protest was held outside the court and many compassionate activists filled the public gallery in a show of support for the defendants and in resistance to State repression.

Despite all of the protests in this case being non-violent and fairly uneventful, the defendants were disproportionately sentenced because of their connection to the SHAC campaign.

Thankfully they have all avoided serving prison sentences for this case for now, but they were given a range of suspended prison sentences and large cost orders and fines. Debbie was given a 12 month prison sentence to run concurrent (at the same time) as the sentence she is currently serving for her other case, the Blackmail 3.

For a full explanation of what happened during the sentencing hearing, the punishment each defendant was given and a look at what this case means, please visit our website: www.socpa7.org/sentencing.html

There is no justice in the legal system. The State will go to any length to silence effective activism, particularly against animal testing. The battle surrounding vivisection will continue and so it is incredibly important that we work together to build an understanding of and resilience to repression and support our comrades in the fight for justice.

Although the struggle can be hard at times, we must support our casualties. Solidarity will give us the strength to win the war for liberation!

Photo: The defendants outside court after the hearing – Alexis, Steve, Lorna, Emily, Anton and Emma.

Photo: After more than 2 years on bail the SOCPA7 were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court in London on Friday, for their part in protesting against animal testing at HLS.</p>
<p>A peaceful protest was held outside the court and many compassionate activists filled the public gallery in a show of support for the defendants and in resistance to State repression.</p>
<p>Despite all of the protests in this case being non-violent and fairly uneventful, the defendants were disproportionately sentenced because of their connection to the SHAC campaign.</p>
<p>Thankfully they have all avoided serving prison sentences for this case for now, but they were given a range of suspended prison sentences and large cost orders and fines. Debbie was given a 12 month prison sentence to run concurrent (at the same time) as the sentence she is currently serving for her other case, the Blackmail 3.</p>
<p>For a full explanation of what happened during the sentencing hearing, the punishment each defendant was given and a look at what this case means, please visit our website: www.socpa7.org/sentencing.html</p>
<p>There is no justice in the legal system. The State will go to any length to silence effective activism, particularly against animal testing. The battle surrounding vivisection will continue and so it is incredibly important that we work together to build an understanding of and resilience to repression and support our comrades in the fight for justice.</p>
<p>Although the struggle can be hard at times, we must support our casualties. Solidarity will give us the strength to win the war for liberation!</p>
<p>Photo: The defendants outside court after the hearing - Alexis, Steve, Lorna, Emily, Anton and Emma.